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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi moved to solitary confinement in jail

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Myanmar military authorities have transferred deposed 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, a military spokesman said.

The Nobel laureate, who turned 77 on Sunday, had been moved to the jail in Naypyitaw 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 about 20 criminal offenses carrying a combined maximum jail term of nearly 190 years since she was toppled by the military in February 2021, including multiple counts of corruption. She denies all charges.

The BBC's Burmese-language service cited sources as saying Suu Kyi was being held in a separate building inside the prison in Naypyitaw.

A source familiar with her cases told Reuters on Wednesday that all legal proceedings against Suu Kyi would be moved to a courtroom in the jail.

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

Reuters could not reach Suu Kyi or her representatives for comment. Her lawyers have been barred from speaking about her cases. A spokesperson for the junta did not respond to requests for additional comment.

Suu Kyi, the daughter of Myanmar's independence hero, was first put under house arrest in 1989 after huge protests against decades of military rule. In 1991, she won the Nobel Peace Prize for campaigning for democracy but was only fully released from house arrest in 2010.

She swept a 2015 election, held as part of tentative military reforms that were brought to a halt by last year's coup.

Western countries have called the charges against Suu Kyi and her convictions a sham and demanded her release. The military says she is being given due process by an independent judiciary.

TRIAL IN PRISON

Myanmar Witness, a non-governmental group that documents human rights, issued satellite imagery of what it said were recently constructed buildings next to the main prison compound in Naypyitaw.

The Mizzima news portal also showed a photograph of a one-story building in the jail that it said was being used in connection with Suu Kyi.

Reuters could not independently confirm whether any of the buildings were being used for the trial or to house Suu Kyi or other detained members of her National League for Democracy party.

Australian economist Sean Turnell, previously an adviser to Suu Kyi, who has been charged with violating a state secrets law, had also been moved to the Naypyitaw jail, media reports said. Suu Kyi also faces charges over breaches of the secrets law.

Australia's foreign minister, Penny Wong, in a statement on June 10, said Canberra rejected the court decision to prosecute Turnell.

U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia cited sources saying the trial of Suu Kyi and Turnell started on Thursday in the jail.

Authorities had reinforced prison fences and tightened security since Suu Kyi had been moved there, RFA reported.

Suu Kyi had not been allowed to bring the household staff who had accompanied up during her detention and had decided not to bring her dog, Taekido, BBC Burmese reported.

Suu Kyi's court proceedings have taken place behind closed doors with only limited information reported by state media.

It is not clear how much Suu Kyi knows of the crisis in her country, which has been in chaos since the coup, with the military struggling to consolidate power and facing increasing opposition from insurgents.

© Thomson Reuters 2022.

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That's what happens when you kiss junta's arse!

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She is not going to outlive her imprisonment. The military coup has too much invested to let her risk anything.

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Sad. Photogenic and dignified, yes, but as a leader, weak and ineffectual

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They’re just going to kill her slowly. The junta is a thousand times worse for Myanmar - and the Rohingya - than Aung San Suu Kyi could ever have been.

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From Political prisoner as well as House arrest to being the leader of a nation and now in solitary confinement, hated and vilified, what a sad fall from grace.

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You know what will happen next

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Some comments here from the Americans who are so against the coup in Myanmar or any other country in the world, and yet they still supported the coup that Trump tried to pull off saying “ we are patriots “ … they are pathetic traitors in reality!

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I’ve only been to Burma twice and worked briefly for an NGO to free Burma, I feel cheated by her. Disgusted.

The good point is that in solidarity she can’t spend the massive amounts of bribes she took.

oh wait, it is Burma and prison guards get $20 a month salary...

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That's what happens when you kiss junta's arse!

How so? The most recent coup is the result of her not kissing their backside. The original agreement that convinced the Tatmadaw, the Myanmar military, to end the previous junta and allow elections was that Suu Kyi would not run for President. She did not. However the Myanmar Parliament made a special political office just for her called "State Counselor" and for all intents and purposes she functioned just like their President. The Tatmadaw was guaranteed 25% of the seats in Parliament but had an expectation of being consulted on legislation. Suu Kyi's political party however largely ignored the Tatmadaw and did as they pleased. This angered the Tatmadaw. When Suu Kyi's party won and even larger majority in their Parliament after the last election it was too much for them and the new coup is the result. But to say she kissed their arse isn't and informed comment. Aside from supporting the suppression of the Rohingya which was more a result of her Buddhism than any love of the Tatmadaw, she opposed them and often ignored their demands in Parliament.

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