The United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada placed sanctions on Myanmar authorities on Monday, one year after the military took control and threw the country into chaos.
A combined effort by the three countries, which have all already placed sanctions on Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing and other junta members, targeted court personnel engaged in the trial of ousted Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.
Sanctions were also imposed on a directorate in charge of procuring weapons for the junta from abroad, as well as an alleged arms dealer and a corporation that the US claims offer financial assistance to the junta.
Since the coup on February 1, 2021, the military has jailed Suu Kyi and members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party.
In November 2020, the military accused the NLD of cheating in a landslide victory. The vote, according to observers, represented the people’s desire.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the coordinated action showed international support for Myanmar’s people and would “further promote accountability for the coup and the regime’s violence,” citing nearly 1,500 people killed and 10,000 people detained by a military seeking to consolidate control.
On Monday, the Treasury announced the addition of seven persons and two businesses to its sanctions list.
Thida Oo, the junta’s attorney general, was among them, according to the junta, whose office allegedly concocted politically motivated allegations against Suu Kyi.
Suu Kyi is facing charges in over a dozen instances and has already been sentenced to a total of six years in prison. She refutes all allegations.
The Myanmar Supreme Court’s top judge and the chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission were also named by the Treasury as being involved in the prosecution of Suu Kyi and other NLD leaders.
The measure freezes any assets held by persons on the blacklist in the United States and prohibits Americans from engaging with them.
The same three court officials have been added to Canada’s sanctions list. According to a statement from the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, Britain identified the attorney general and chair of the corruption commission, as well as the junta-appointed chair of Myanmar’s election commission.
A Myanmar army directorate in charge of purchasing weaponry from abroad, as well as a suspected arms dealer, Tay Za, and his two adult sons, and KT Services & Logistics Company Limited and its CEO, Jonathan Myo Kyaw Thaung, were added by Washington.
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That company is part of the KT Group, a conglomerate that has done business with businesses from Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines, according to Treasury. It rents a port in Yangon from a military-owned corporation for $3 million a year.