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Aung San Suu Kyi is placed in solitary confinement in Myanmar


Myanmar military authorities moved ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to a prison in the capital from an undisclosed location where she had been held since she and her government were ousted in a coup last year. latest, a military spokesman said.

The Nobel laureate, who turned 77 on Sunday, was transferred to Naypyitaw prison on Wednesday after court rulings against her, military spokesman Zaw Min Tun said.

“She was transferred to prison under the law and is being kept in solitary confinement,” he said in a statement.

Suu Kyi has been charged with around 20 criminal offenses carrying a combined maximum prison sentence of nearly 190 years since she was ousted by the military in February 2021, including multiple counts of corruption. She denies all the charges.

A source familiar with her affairs told NBC News this week that all legal cases against Suu Kyi will be moved to a prison courtroom.

Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing previously allowed Suu Kyi to remain in custody at an undisclosed location, despite convictions for incitement and several minor offences.

Reuters could not reach Suu Kyi or her representatives for comment. His lawyers were prevented from discussing his cases. A junta spokesman did not respond to requests for further comment.

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Suu Kyi, the daughter of Myanmar’s independence hero, was first placed under house arrest in 1989 after huge protests against decades of military rule. In 1991, she received the Nobel Peace Prize for her campaign for democracy, but was not fully released from house arrest until 2010.

She swept a 2015 election, held under interim military reforms that were halted by last year’s coup.

Western countries called the charges against Suu Kyi and her convictions a deception and demanded her release. The military says it enjoys due process through an independent judiciary.

Suu Kyi’s court proceedings were held behind closed doors and only limited information was reported by state media.

It is unclear what Suu Kyi knows about the crisis in her country, which has been in chaos since the coup, with the military struggling to consolidate power and facing growing opposition from insurgents.

In a statement Thursday, Tom Andrews, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, urged the international community to do more to resolve the crisis there.

Junta forces have killed more than 2,000 civilians since last year’s coup, he said after an eight-day visit to Malaysia, where he met refugees Myanmar Rohingya and other ethnic groups.

“The military’s attacks on the people of Myanmar constitute crimes against humanity and war crimes,” Andrews said. “No one has been spared the impact of the army’s violence.”

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