Suu Kyi moved to solitary confinement in prison

YANGON • Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been moved from house arrest to solitary confinement in a prison compound in the military-built capital Naypyitaw, a junta spokesman said yesterday.

"In accordance with criminal laws... (Aung San Suu Kyi) has been kept in solitary confinement in prison" since Wednesday, Mr Zaw Min Tun said in a statement.

Since her ouster in a coup last year, Ms Suu Kyi had been under house arrest at an undisclosed location in Naypyitaw, accompanied by several domestic staff and her dog, according to sources with knowledge of the matter.

The Nobel Peace laureate, 77, left those premises only to attend hearings for her trial in a junta court that could see her handed a prison sentence of more than 150 years.

Ms Suu Kyi's lawyers have been banned from speaking to the media while journalists were barred from her trial.

Under a previous junta regime, she spent long spells under house arrest in her family home in Yangon, Myanmar's largest city.

She has already been convicted of corruption, incitement against the military, breaching Covid-19 rules and breaking a telecommunications law, with a court sentencing her to 11 years so far.

It is not clear how much Ms 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 increasing resistance from militia groups.

Western countries have called the convictions a sham and demanded her release.

The military says she is being given due process by an independent judiciary.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2022, with the headline Suu Kyi moved to solitary confinement in prison. Subscribe