Suu Kyi's party condemns latest Myanmar jail sentence

In this file photo taken on June 20, 2015, Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi attends the National League for Democracy (NLD) party's Central Committee meeting in Yangon. Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has asked a judge to reduce the frequency of hearings at her trial in a junta court on health grounds, her lawyer said 4 October, 2021AFP

The political party headed by jailed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi condemned her latest sentence and said on Saturday it would continue to oppose the junta whose court imposed it.

Suu Kyi was handed a seven-year jail term for corruption on Friday in the last of a slew of trials in a junta court that rights groups have said were a sham.

The Nobel laureate, 77, has now been sentenced to a total of 33 years in prison.

Former president and Suu Kyi ally Win Myint received the same sentence on Friday.

The junta-appointed judge "did not respect the law", the National League for Democracy's (NLD) central committee said in a statement.

Win Myint and Aung San Suu Kyi "worked for development in the country during the time they were in power, and they worked according to the law".

The NLD "will continue to work with the people... for the release of all political prisoners, to get rid of the military dictatorship and fight for justice", it said.

The military has cited alleged widespread voter fraud during elections in November 2020, which were won resoundingly by the NLD, as a reason for its coup, which sparked huge protests and a bloody crackdown.

International observers said at the time the polls were largely free and fair.

The NLD was decimated by the February 2021 coup, with many senior members in hiding or in jail.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since, with the junta razing villages and conducting mass extrajudicial killings and air strikes on civilians, according to rights groups.