A court in military-ruled Myanmar has handed a 148-year prison sentence to a former parliamentarian from the deposed National League for Democracy (NLD) party, adding to a previous conviction which will now see Win Myint Hlaing, 52, spend a total of 173 years in prison.
According to international media, the sentence, which was handed down on Monday to Win Myint Hlaing after his conviction on terrorism charges, appeared to be the longest jail term given to any member of Aung San Suu Kyi’s government and NLD party since the military grabbed power in February 2021.
On Monday, the court in Magway district, located about 480km (300 miles) north of the commercial capital, Yangon, found Win Myint Hlaing guilty of eight offences under the counterterrorism act and sentenced him to 148 years, a person familiar with the legal proceedings told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity for fear of arrest.
Win Myint Hlain had already been convicted in March, April and June of five offences involving incitement and terrorism, for which he received sentences totalling 25 years, the person said.
Some of the incidents for which Win Myint Hlain was convicted most recently took place while he was already in prison, the person added.