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


Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi, who turned 77 on Sunday, has been charged with at least 20 criminal offenses since being overthrown in a coup early last year, including multiple counts of corruption. She denies all the charges.

Some media reported that Suu Kyi was also transferred from house arrest to detention at Naypyidaw prison on Wednesday. Reuters could not independently verify this information.

Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing has so far allowed Suu Kyi to remain in custody at an undisclosed location in the capital Naypyidaw, despite convictions for incitement and several minor offences.

The source, who declined to be identified due to sensitivities during the trial, said the hearings would be moved to a new special court in Naypyidaw prison.

“It is declared by the judge that a new building for the court has been completed,” the source added.

The ruling military council could not immediately be reached for comment.

Suu Kyi’s marathon court proceedings are being held behind closed doors with only limited information reported by state media. A gag order has been imposed on her lawyers, who only have access to her on trial days.

It’s unclear exactly how much Suu Kyi knows about the crisis in her country, which has been plunged into chaos since the coup, with the military struggling to consolidate power and facing growing resistance from militias. .

Western countries called the convictions a sham and demanded Suu Kyi’s release. The military says it enjoys due process through an independent judiciary.


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