YANGON: Ousted Myanmar chief Aung San Suu Kyi has been moved from home arrest to solitary confinement in a jail compound within the military-built capital Naypyidaw, a junta spokesman stated on Thursday.
Since her ouster in a coup final yr, Suu Kyi had been underneath home arrest at an undisclosed location in Naypyidaw, accompanied by a number of home employees and her canine, based on sources with data of the matter.
The Nobel laureate, 77, left these premises solely to attend hearings for her quite a few trials in a junta court docket that might see her handed a jail sentence of greater than 150 years.
On Wednesday, she was transferred from home arrest to “solitary confinement in jail”, junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun stated in an announcement. Her future trial hearings would happen inside a newly-built courtroom contained in the jail compound, he added.
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A supply with data of the case stated Suu Kyi’s home employees and her canine had not accompanied her when she was moved on Wednesday, and that safety across the jail compound was “tighter than earlier than”.
“Aung San Suu Kyi is in good well being so far as we all know,” they added, talking on situation of anonymity. Since seizing energy, Myanmar’s army authorities has detained 1000’s of pro-democracy protesters, with many dealing with secret trials that rights teams have decried as politically motivated.
Suu Kyi’s legal professionals have been banned from chatting with the media, with journalists barred from her trial and the junta rebuffing requests by overseas diplomats to satisfy her.
“For the sake of the nation and folks, she (Suu Kyi) has sacrificed every thing, however the depraved persons are ungrateful and merciless,” one social media consumer posted on Fb following Thursday’s announcement.
“What we’re seeing is the Myanmar junta shifting in direction of a way more punitive part, in direction of Aung San Suu Kyi,” stated Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director for Human Rights Watch.
“They’re clearly attempting to intimidate her and her supporters.” Below a earlier junta regime, Suu Kyi spent lengthy spells underneath home arrest in her household mansion in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest metropolis.
In 2009, she spent round three months in Yangon’s Insein jail whereas she went on trial after being accused of harbouring an American man who swam throughout a lake to go to her whereas she was dwelling underneath home arrest.
Below the present regime, she has already been convicted of corruption, incitement in opposition to the army, breaching Covid-19 guidelines and breaking a telecommunications regulation, with a court docket sentencing her to 11 years to date.
Suu Kyi turned 77 on Sunday and introduced a birthday cake to court docket to eat together with her legal professionals forward of a listening to on Monday, based on a supply with data of the matter. The coup final yr sparked widespread protests and unrest that the army has sought to crush by drive.
Combating has flared with established ethnic insurgent teams in border areas, and throughout the nation “Individuals’s Defence Forces” have sprung as much as battle junta troops. Based on native monitoring group Help Affiliation for Political Prisoners, the crackdown has left greater than 2,000 civilians useless whereas greater than 14,000 have been arrested.