The Myanmar court, where the power is in the hands of the military, sentenced the assistant of the former State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi, who was accused of treason, writes Myanmar Now.
“U Win Htein was sentenced by the Special Cases Court to 20 years in prison under Section 124a,” said the counsel’s lawyer. He added that he will appeal the court’s decision, transfers RIA Novosti.
Wu Vin Htein, 79, is Aung San Suu Kyi’s right-hand man. He became the first senior member of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party to be sentenced to imprisonment following a military coup.
Three days after the military came to power in February, U Win Htein told local media that their actions were unreasonable and that the military leaders were “taking the country in the wrong direction.”
The head of the former ruling NLD party, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is under house arrest. She was charged with a number of charges, including taking bribes, inciting riots, divulging state secrets, and failing to take measures to combat the coronavirus.
For two months now, the second foreign minister of Brunei, Erivan Yusof, appointed by the special envoy of the ASEAN chairman, has been seeking a meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi. He is trying to bring the conflicting parties to the negotiating table in Myanmar.
The military leaders of Myanmar say that such negotiations are possible only after the end of the mass protests and the establishment of “peace and stability” in the country,
Aung San Suu Kyi and U Win Htein were previously political prisoners in Myanmar, where the military ruled for about 50 years. In total, Aung San Suu Kyi spent 15 years under house arrest on various charges (from 1988 to 2010).
In 2015, the country held parliamentary elections, which were won by the NLD. In the civilian government formed after this, the leader of the NLD, Aung San Suu Kyi, took the posts of foreign minister and state adviser (prime minister).
On February 1, 2021, a military coup took place in Myanmar. Army leaders have accused the NLD of rigging the results of the country’s November 2020 general elections. The military arrested the country’s civilian leaders, pursuing a series of administrative and criminal cases against them, blocked the first meeting of the first session of the new parliament, elected in the November elections, and then dissolved the national electoral commission and created a new one. The military promised to return power to the civilian government again after the end of the state of emergency, which was introduced for two years.
The actions of the military triggered a massive protest movement. The opposition created an underground alternative Government of National Unity, which included former MPs and members of the NLD. Dozens of clashes between anti-government militant groups and troops, explosions of improvised explosive devices, armed attacks on the military and representatives of their appointed administration take place in Myanmar every day.