Opponents of Myanmar's military rule heeded a call on Wednesday by organizers to stay home in a "silent strike" as the prospects for peace in the country seem dim 2 years after the army seized power.
A court's conviction against Aung San Suu Kyi leaves her with 33 years to serve in prison following a series of politically tinged prosecutions since her government was toppled in February 2021.
Myanmar's expected release of more than 5,700 prisoners is expected to include the U.K.'s former envoy to the Asian country, an Australian economist and a Japanese filmmaker, according to state media.
A court in military-ruled Myanmar convicted the country's ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on more corruption charges Wednesday that leave her with a 26-year total prison term, a legal official said.
Vickie Bowman and her husband were detained for sending information to an activist group and others opposed to military rule, a senior military official said.
Her supporters and independent legal experts consider her prosecution an unjust move to discredit Suu Kyi and legitimize the military's 2021 seizure of power.
The case is among many brought against the 76-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate since the army seized power on Feb. 1.
The allegation is a far cry from the claims of rampant election fraud the military invoked when it seized power on Monday.