Bangkok: A court in military-ruled Myanmar convicted the country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday in another criminal case and sentenced Australian economist Sean Turnle to three years in prison for breaching privacy laws. A legal officer gave this information. The official said on condition of anonymity that Suu Kyi was also sentenced to three years in prison under the secrecy law.
Three members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s cabinet were also found guilty and sentenced to three years in prison, the official said. Turnal is an associate professor of economics at Macquarie University in Sydney and was an advisor to Suu Kyi. Last year, the military seized power in Myanmar by overthrowing the elected government. Turnal was arrested five days later while he was waiting for a car to go to the airport.
The full details of the allegations against Ternal have not been made public, however, state TV channels reported last year that Ternal had confidential information about the country’s financial system and was about to flee Myanmar with it. Ternal and Suu Kyi have denied the allegations. Suu Kyi faces various other charges and has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.