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Myanmar court hands Suu Kyi and Australian aide 3-year jail terms

Two other advisers given same sentences for violation of Official Secrets Act

Aung San Suu Kyi's former economic adviser, Australian Sean Turnell, has been sentenced, by a court set up by the military government, to three years in prison for violation of the Official Secrets Act.   © Reuters

YANGON (Kyodo) -- A special court set up by Myanmar's military on Thursday sentenced deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her former economic adviser, Australian Sean Turnell, to three years in prison for violation of the Official Secrets Act, local media reports said.

Since the military ousted Suu Kyi's democratically elected government in a February 2021 coup and detained her, she has been on trial on multiple charges and now faces 23 years in prison.

Three senior officials of her deposed administration involved in the alleged case were each given three-year sentences, according to the reports.

The court, which has conducted trials of Suu Kyi and others detained after the coup behind closed doors, has not detailed the defendants' exact offenses under the secrets law. It criminalizes possession, collection, recording, publication or sharing of state information that helps "an enemy."

Turnell, a professor at Macquarie University in Sydney, served as an adviser to Suu Kyi. He was arrested at a hotel in Yangon days after the coup and has been in detention since then.

Australia has called for the release of Turnell, maintaining the military had unjustly detained him.

Suu Kyi, the 77-year-old Nobel Peace laureate and an icon of opposition to the military, has already been convicted of incitement, corruption, violation of novel coronavirus regulations and the illegal import and use of walkie-talkies.

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