The latest ruling in a series of secret trials against the Nobel laureate brings her total prison sentence to 17 years and comes as the United Nations special envoy traveled to Myanmar on Monday to address the “deteriorating (human rights) situation”.
Suu Kyi, who turned 77 in June, had previously been convicted of multiple crimes ranging from graft to election violations.
On Monday, Suu Kyi was convicted of misusing funds from a charitable foundation to build a house and rent government-owned land, According to Myanmar News Agency (MNA).
State media said three other former government officials were sentenced to three years in prison on similar charges.
“The condemnation of Myanmar’s military junta and the unjust ruling of Aung San Suu Kyi is part of its systematic attack on human rights across the country,” Elaine Pearson, acting Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement Monday.
“The military’s willingness to forcibly disappear the country’s most prominent civilian leader reveals the brutality faced by lesser known political prisoners,” Pearson said.
The United Nations said in a statement that the UN Special Envoy for Myanmar, Noelen Heizer, traveled to Myanmar on Monday to address the “deteriorating situation and immediate concerns”.
“The Special Envoy’s visit follows her extensive consultations with actors from across the political spectrum, civil society, as well as communities affected by the ongoing conflict,” The statement said.
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