Myanmar junta grants partial pardon to democracy champion Suu Kyi

New York: Myanmar’s ruling military pardoned jailed former leader Aung San Suu Kyi on five of the 19 offences for which she was convicted but she will remain under house arrest, state media and informed sources said.

The pardons mean six years will be shaved off Suu Kyi’s 33-year jail term, junta spokesperson Zaw Min Tun told the Eleven Media Group, adding that it was part of an amnesty under which more than 7,000 prisoners were freed across the strife-torn country.

Myanmar has been in the throes of bloody turmoil since early 2021, when the military overthrew Suu Kyi’s elected government and unleashed a crackdown on opponents of military rule that saw thousands jailed or killed.

Early this week, the junta postponed an election promised by August this year and extended a state of emergency for another six months, which critics say would prolong the crisis.

The 78-year-old Nobel Laureate, who was detained during the coup, was last week moved from prison to house arrest in the capital, Naypyitaw. She denies all the charges for which she was convicted, ranging from incitement and election fraud to corruption, and has been appealing against them.

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