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Myanmar's claim to be holding free elections next year ‘preposterous,’ says UN rapporteur

MYANMAR’S claim it will hold free and fair elections next year is “preposterous,” the UN’s special rapporteur on the country said today.

Tom Andrews said the claim was an attempt by the junta that seized power early last year to create an impression of legitimacy.

“You can’t have a free and fair election if you locked up your opponents. If you put them on death row. This is an outrage,” he said.

On Wednesday elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi was transferred from a secret location to a prison in the capital, lawyers said.

She has already been sentenced to 11 years in prison for allegedly importing walkie-talkies in defiance of customs regulations and violating Covid restrictions. She faces a further 11 corruption charges, each with a potential 15-year sentence.

Over 2,000 people have been killed and more than 11,000 jailed for protesting against the military dictatorship.

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