Myanmar’s junta moves Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial to jail

Written by Javed Iqbal

“It’s confirmed by law [Suu Kyi] has been moved to prison. And she has been kept in separate custody, “said Major General Zaw Min Tun in a statement.

Since the military seized power in a coup on February 1, 2021, Suu Kyi has been under house arrest at an undisclosed location in the specially built capital Naypyidaw.

Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who turned 77 on Sunday, has been charged with at least 20 criminal offenses allowing for combined maximum prison sentences of more than 100 years.
They include several accusations of corruption and violations of election and state secrecy laws. She denies all charges.

Suu Kyi’s transfer comes after Myanmar’s military authorities ordered all trials against her to be moved from a courtroom to a jail, a source familiar with her cases told Reuters on Wednesday.

The source, who declined to be identified due to sensitivity of the trial, said the hearings would be moved to a new special court in Naypyidaw’s jail.

“It has been declared by the judge that a new building for the court is finished,” the source told Reuters.

Suu Kyi’s marathon trials are taking place behind closed doors with only limited information reported by state media. A gag order has been imposed on her lawyers whose only access to her is on court days.

It is not clear how much 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 militia groups.

Western countries have called the verdicts false and demanded Suu Kyi’s release. The military says she is getting a fair trial by an independent judiciary.

CNN’s Helen Regan and Hannah Ritchie contributed reporting.

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