Myanmar's conviction of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi matter of deep concern, says MEA
The remarks from the Ministry of External Affairs came after a Myanmar court sentenced ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four years in prison for 'inciting dissent' against the military and breaching COVID rules in the country
New Delhi: Days after a Myanmar court sentenced deposed leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi to four years of imprisonment, India on Tuesday expressed concerns and said that "we are disturbed at the verdict".
The remarks from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) came after a Myanmar court sentenced ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four years in prison for 'inciting dissent' against the military and breaching COVID rules in the country.
"We are disturbed at the recent verdicts. As a neighbouring democracy, India has been consistently supportive of the democratic transition in Myanmar," MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said in response to a media query about the proceedings against the ousted leader.
"We believe that the rule of law and the democratic process must be upheld," Bagchi said. "Any development that undermines these processes and accentuates differences is a matter of deep concern," he added.
"It is our sincere hope that keeping their nation's future in mind, efforts would be made by all sides to advance the path of dialogue," Bagchi said in a statement.
The sentence came nearly 10 months after the Myanmar military ousted the democratically elected government in the country and slammed serious charges against the democratic leaders in the country.
Suu Kyi, 76, facing almost a dozen charges including incitement, violation of Covid-19 protocols and violation of the Official Secrets Act, which add up to the combined maximum sentence of more than 100 years.
She has rejected all allegations, according to CNN.
Groups such as the United Liberation Front of Assam (I), People's Liberation Army of Manipur and splinter factions of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (K) who are against peace talks, are believed to be regrouping in the borderland
For weeks, residents say, troops have been going door to door alongside power company workers to extract payments in major urban areas, including the nation’s two largest cities, Yangon and Mandalay
Suu Kyi is confined to an undisclosed location in the capital, with her link to the outside world limited to brief pre-trial meetings with her lawyers