Myanmar moves Aung San Suu Kyi to solitary confinement at a new prison facility

Written by Javed Iqbal

Myanmar’s military government has confirmed that ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been moved to a prison complex in neighborhoods separate from other inmates.

Suu Kyi was arrested on February 1, 2021, when the army took power from her elected government.

She was originally held at her residence in Naypyitaw, the capital, but was later moved to at least one other location.

For most of the past year, she has been detained at an unknown location in Naypyitaw, which is generally believed to be on a military base.

Major General Zaw Min Tun, spokesman for the ruling military council, confirmed in a text message to reporters that Suu Kyi was moved to the main prison in Naypyitaw on Wednesday, where she will be held separately under “well-kept” circumstances.

The news of her transfer had been reported on Wednesday but not officially confirmed.

He said Suu Kyi, who has already been convicted in several cases, was transferred to the jail in accordance with the law.

A legal official familiar with Suu Kyi’s trials said she was detained in a newly built building with three policewomen whose duty is to help her.

A three-finger gesture in front of a poster by Aung San Suu Kyi.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s supporters say her imprisonment is politically motivated to discredit her and legitimize the military takeover.(Reuters)

Her ongoing lawsuits will also be held in jail at another newly built facility. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to release any information about her cases.

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