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

“The law provides that [Suu Kyi] was transferred to prison. And she was well kept in a separate detention,” Major General Zo Min Tun said in a statement.

Since the military seized power in a February 1, 2021 coup, Suu Kyi has been under house arrest at an undisclosed location in the purpose-built capital of Naypyidaw.

Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize winner, who turned 77 on Sunday, was accused with at least 20 criminal offenses that carry a maximum total prison sentence of over 100 years.
They include several allegations of corruption violations of electoral laws and laws on state secrets. She denies all allegations.

Suu Kyi’s transfer comes after Myanmar’s military leadership ordered that all legal proceedings against her be moved from the courtroom to prison, a source familiar with her cases told Reuters on Wednesday.

The source, who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the trial, said the hearing will be moved to a new special court at Naypyidaw Prison.

“The judge said that the construction of the new building for the court is completed,” the source told Reuters.

Suu Kyi’s trial is taking place behind closed doors, with only limited information being reported by state media. Her lawyers have been ordered to remain silent and have access to her only on court days.

It’s unclear how much Suu Kyi knows about the crisis in her country, which has been in chaos since the coup as the military tries to consolidate power and faces growing resistance from militias.

Western countries called the guilty verdicts a sham and demanded Suu Kyi’s release. The military says an independent judiciary provides due process.

Helen Regan of CNN and Hannah Ritchie contributed to the story.