Myanmar junta transfers Suu Kyi to prison

Myanmar junta transfers Suu Kyi to prison

Military authorities in Myanmar have transferred deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi to a prison in the capital from an undeclosed 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, was moved to Naypyitaw jail on Wednesday after court rulings against her, military spokesman Zaw Min Tun said.

He said she was transferred to prison under the law and is being kept in solitary confinement.

Suu Kyi has been charged with 20 criminal offenses with 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.

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

The spokesman of the Junta, Min Aung Hlaing, allowed Suu Kyi to remain in jail despite a conviction for incitingment 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 spokesman for the junta didn't respond to requests for additional comment.

Suu Kyi, daughter of Myanmar's independence hero, was put under house arrest in 1989 after huge demonstrations against decades of military rule. She was awarded the Nobel Peace PrizeNobel Peace Prize for campaigning for democracy in 1991, but was 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 Suu Kyi's convictions a sham and demanded her release. The military says she is being given due process by an independent judiciary.

Suu Kyi's court proceedings took 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.

In a statement on Thursday, Tom Andrews, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, urged the international community to do more to address the crisis there.

Since the coup last year, more than 2,000 civilians have been killed in the junta, he said at the end of an eight-day visit to Malaysia, where he met with refugees from Myanmar s Rohingya and other ethnic groups.

Andrews said that the military s attacks on the people of Myanmar constitute crimes against humanity and war crimes. No one has been spared from the impact of military violence.