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Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi granted partial pardon

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Former leader receives a pardon in five of the 19 cases against her and will remain under house arrest, media reports say.

Myanmar’s ruling military has granted partial clemency to deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, pardoning the Nobel laureate in five of the 19 offences for which she was convicted and jailed for a total of 33 years following a coup two years ago, according to media reports.

The pardons, announced on state media on Tuesday, were part of an amnesty granted to more than 7,000 prisoners to mark Buddhist Lent.

The former leader, who was reportedly moved last week from prison to house arrest in the capital, Naypyidaw, has been in detention since the military toppled her government and seized power in a coup in February 2021. She is appealing the convictions for the 19 offences, which range from incitement and election fraud to corruption. She denied all of the charges.An informed source told the Reuters news agency that despite the pardons, Aung San Suu Kyi would remain in detention.

“She won’t be free from house arrest,” said the source, who declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the issue.


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