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Myanmar's deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced to four years for incitement

Myanmar's junta has jailed ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi for four years for incitement against the military and breaching Covid rules.

Ms Suu Kyi, 76, has been detained since the generals ousted her government on February 1, ending the Southeast Asian country's brief period of democracy.

She has since been hit with a series of charges, including violating the official secrets act, corruption and electoral fraud, and she faces decades in jail if convicted on all counts.

On Monday Ms Suu Kyi was sentenced to two years for incitement against the military and another two years for breaching a natural disaster law relating to Covid.

Former president Win Myint was also jailed for four years on the same charges, junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun told AFP, but added they would not yet be taken to prison.

Journalists have been barred from proceedings in the special court in Naypyidaw and Ms Suu Kyi's lawyers were recently banned from speaking to the media.

The military, which has dominated life in Myanmar for decades, has defended its coup, claiming fraud allegations in last year's general election, which Ms Suu Kyi's party won comfortably.

International pressure on the junta to restore democracy swiftly has shown no sign of knocking the generals off course, and bloody clashes with anti-coup protesters continue across the country.

On Sunday soldiers wounded at least three people after ramming a car into a peaceful demonstrators in commercial hub Yangon, eyewitnesses said.

State media said one had sustained serious wounds and 11 had been arrested for protesting "without asking for permission".

"They will face other charges from the places where they are staying now," he said, referring to their detention in the capital of Naypyidaw but without giving further details. 

The incitement conviction related to statements her National League for Democracy party published shortly after the coup condemning the generals' takeover.

The Covid charge is linked to last year's election, which the NLD won in a landslide, but the details are not clear with the government imposing a gag order on the court proceedings.

Amnesty International immediately condemned the sentences against Ms Suu Kyi.

"The harsh sentences handed down to Aung San Suu Kyi on these bogus charges are the latest example of the military's determination to eliminate all opposition and suffocate freedoms in Myanmar," said Amnesty deputy regional director for Campaigns Ming Yu Hah.

"The court's farcical and corrupt decision is part of a devastating pattern of arbitrary punishment that has seen more than 1,300 people killed and thousands arrested since the military coup in February."