Myanmar’s ousted leader Suu Kyi from house arrest to solitary confinement


Myanmar’s ousted government leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been moved to a prison in the capital Naypyidaw after more than a year under house arrest. There she was placed in solitary confinement, a military government spokesman told the news agency. AFP

The 77-year-old Nobel laureate was detained by the military in February 2020, along with then-President Win Myint, after the military staged a coup. Since then, several charges have been brought against her and she has been convicted several times.

Suu Kyi, for example, was sentenced to five years in prison for corruption and has already been sentenced to six years in prison for incitement to the army, violation of corona rules and telecommunications law (she allegedly illegally imported walkie-talkies).

Other cases are pending against Suu Kyi. Until now, she was allowed to prepare for this under house arrest. If convicted on all counts, the politician could face a total of more than 150 years in prison.

A source around Suu Kyi said AFP let it be known that she is always “in a good mood” and “cheerful” and that she is facing the new situation calmly. Suu Kyi is also healthy as far as the source knows.

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