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 Myanmar s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been moved from house arrest to solitary confinement in a prison complex in the army built capital Naypyidaw a spokesman for the junta said on Thursday Since her ouster in a coup last year Suu Kyi had been under house arrest at an undisclosed location in Naypyidaw accompanied hellip
Myanmar’s Suu Kyi moved to solitary confinement in prison

NNN: Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been moved from house arrest to solitary confinement in a prison complex in the army-built capital Naypyidaw, a spokesman for the junta said on Thursday.

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Since her ouster in a coup last year, Suu Kyi had been under house arrest at an undisclosed location in Naypyidaw, accompanied by several domestic servants and her dog, according to sources with knowledge of the matter.

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The 77-year-old Nobel laureate left those facilities only to attend hearings for her many trials in a board court that could see her sentenced to a prison term of more than 150 years.

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On Wednesday, she was transferred from house arrest to “solitary confinement in prison,” board spokesman Zaw Min Tun said in a statement.

His future trial hearings would take place inside a newly built courtroom inside the prison compound, he added.

A source with knowledge of the case said that Suu Kyi’s domestic staff and her dog had not accompanied her when she was transferred on Wednesday and that security around the prison compound was “tighter than before”.

“Aung San Suu Kyi is in good health as far as we know,” they added, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Since taking power, Myanmar’s military government has detained thousands of pro-democracy protesters, many of whom face secret trials that rights groups have denounced as politically motivated.

Suu Kyi’s lawyers have been barred from speaking to the media, journalists have been barred from her trial, and the board has turned down requests from foreign diplomats to meet with her.

“For the sake of the country and the people, she (Suu Kyi) has sacrificed everything, but evil people are ungrateful and cruel,” a social media user posted on Facebook after Thursday’s announcement.

‘Punitive’ “What we’re seeing is the Myanmar junta moving into a much more punitive phase, toward Aung San Suu Kyi,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

“They are obviously trying to intimidate her and her supporters.”

Under a previous junta regime, Suu Kyi spent long periods under house arrest at her family’s mansion in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city.

In 2009, she spent around three months in Yangon’s Insein prison while on trial after being accused of harboring an American who swam across a lake to visit her while she was under house arrest.

Under the current regime, she has already been convicted of corruption, incitement against the military, breach of Covid-19 regulations, and violation of a telecommunications law, and a court has sentenced her to 11 years so far.

Suu Kyi turned 77 on Sunday and brought a birthday cake to court to eat with her lawyers ahead of Monday’s hearing, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.

Last year’s coup sparked widespread protests and unrest that the military has tried to quell by force.

Clashes have broken out with established ethnic rebel groups in border areas, and “People’s Defense Forces” have sprung up across the country to fight junta troops.

According to the local monitoring group Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners, the crackdown has left more than 2,000 civilians dead and more than 14,000 have been arrested.

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