The former head of government and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who was ousted in Myanmar, has been taken to a prison in the capital Naypyidaw, according to the military junta. She is in solitary confinement there, military spokesman Zaw Min Tun said on Thursday. The 77-year-old was placed under house arrest in the course of the military coup in February 2021.
Suu Kyi has been on trial for a number of alleged offenses for months. Among other things, she sees herself with nearly a dozen corruption charges confronted. The politician faces up to 15 years in prison for each charge.
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A first verdict was made in April: a court had Suu Kyi sentenced to five years imprisonment. However, it was not clear for a long time whether the prominent politician really had to go to prison. She herself had denied the accusation of accepting gold and a $600,000 (560,000 euro) bribe from a politician.
The procedure takes place in camera. Suu Kyi’s lawyers are not allowed to speak to the media. Human rights activists speak of a show trial.
The generals staged a coup in February last year. They justified the coup with alleged fraud in the November 2020 election, which Suu Kyi had won outright. They presented no evidence. Since then, the former Burma has descended into chaos and violence. (dpa)