BUT military court in Myanmar has sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her economic adviser, an Australian academic, to three years in prison. in prison.
closed court in the capital of Naypyidaw on On Thursday, the Nobel Peace Prize winner was condemned along with Sean Turnell, an honorary professor of Economics at Macquarie University in Sydney, of violation official secrets act that carries maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.
The couple pleaded not guilty last month.
Department of Australia of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed Turnell’s conviction to the Financial Times. Turnell also facing accusations of violation of the country’s immigration laws.
Penny Wong, a foreign Australian minister called for Turnell’s immediate release.
“Australian government consistently denies the allegations against Professor Turnell during more less than 19 months, he was unjustly detained by the Myanmar authorities. military regime,” she said. in statement.
Aung San Suu Kyi, 77 already was sentenced to 20 years in prison on numerous accusations including corruption and incitement against junta. She got a threeyear penalty with hard work earlier this month for election fraud.
Turnell, who previously worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia, was arrested in commemoration of coup in February 2021 in which the military overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi democratically. elected government.
Earlier this month military the court sentenced former British Ambassador Vicki Bowman and her husband, dissident artist Htein Lin, year in prison over immigration offenses.
Ha Woo, Turnell’s wife, called the verdict “heartbreaking.” with authorities to release and deport him.
“Sean was one of Myanmar’s Biggest Supporters for over 20 years and worked tirelessly to strengthen economy,” she said.