Myanmar ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced to four years in jail


Disgraced Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been found guilty of inciting dissent and breaking Covid rules, in the first phase of verdicts that could see her jailed for life.


Her sentence has been reduced from four years to two years.


Ms Suu Kyi faces 11 charges in total and denies them all and has been in detention since a military coup in February, which toppled her government.


Ms Suu Kyi, who was handed the four year sentence by a court on Monday is being held in an undisclosed location and it remains unclear whether she will be placed in prison.


The verdict comes a day after security forces cracked down on a protest in the country's biggest city Yangon on Sunday, prompting condemnations from the UN and the United States.


At least five people were killed when a vehicle plowed into anti-junta protesters


Co-defendant Win Myint, the former president and Ms Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party ally, was also jailed on Monday for four years under the same charges.


Michelle Bachelet, the UN Human Rights chief condemned the "sham trial" and said it would only "deepen rejection of the coup".


UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, meanwhile, called on Myanmar to release all political prisoners and allow a return to democracy.


She said that arbitrary detention of elected politicians only risks further unrest.


Amnesty has called the charges "bogus", saying it was the "latest example of the military's determination to eliminate all opposition and suffocate freedoms in Myanmar".


The 76-year-old, who is facing a series of charges, including several counts of corruption, is next due in court on 14 December, where she will face charges of possessing illegal walkie-talkies.


Ms Suu Kyi's lawyers, who had been the sole source of information on the legal proceedings, have also been served with gag orders forbidding them from releasing information.


A spokesman for the newly formed National Unity Government told the BBC that Suu Kyi is struggling.


"She is not OK... military generals are preparing for 104 years of sentences for her in prison. They want her to die in prison," Dr Sasa said.


The military had seized power alleging voter fraud in general elections held last year in which the NLD won by a landslide.


However, independent election observers have said the elections were largely free and fair.


The coup triggered widespread demonstrations and Myanmar's military has cracked down on pro-democracy protesters, activists and journalists.


Ms Suu Kyi is one of more than 10,600 people to have been arrested by the junta since February, and at least 1,303 others killed in the demonstrations, according to the monitoring group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.