Myanmar: What’s behind Aung San Suu Kyi ‘confusing’ pardon?
05 August 2023 | 8:19 am
The pardon granted to Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi will cut her sentence by six years, but the junta still intends to keep her locked up for decades. Regime opponents dismiss the move as a "political trick."
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Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained since Myanmar's democratically elected government was overthrown in a 2021 military coup. The junta has said the partial pardon will shave 6 years off a 33-year sentence.
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