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Myanmar Junta Claims Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Treated ‘Well’ in Solitary Confinement

By The Irrawaddy 23 June 2022

The Myanmar junta on Thursday confirmed that it has moved detained Myanmar democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to prison from an undisclosed location where she had been under house arrest, and claimed she was being treated “well” after being placed in solitary confinement.

Junta spokesperson Zaw Min Tun said in a media statement that a regime court in Naypyitaw tried Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday, after which she was transferred to the prison according to the code of criminal procedure. The spokesman did not elaborate. 

“She is being treated well in solitary confinement,” it added.

The statement doesn’t mention the name of the prison she has been moved to, but sources identified it as Naypyitaw Prison in the Myanmar capital, where she had been under house arrest until Tuesday.

The Irrawaddy has learned that the Myanmar Police Force’s Special Branch informed Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her lawyers of the transfer during a hearing on Tuesday at a special court in Naypyitaw, where she has been tried on more than a dozen charges filed by the regime.

The reason for the transfer wasn’t clear yet.

The regime has held Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who turned 77 on Sunday, under house arrest since the coup in February last year. It moved her to an unknown location in Naypyitaw in April 2021.

Under the previous military regime she spent 15 years under house arrest, ending in 2011.

It will be the second time she has been incarcerated in a prison. In 2009, the previous regime transferred Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from her home to Yangon’s Insein Prison for four months for violating the rules of her house arrest after an American intruded onto her property.

After her move to Naypyitaw Prison on Wednesday, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s ongoing trials will be conducted at a special court inside the prison. So far the regime court has sentenced her to 11 years in prison.

If found guilty on all counts, she will spend the rest of her life behind bars, as the charges carry a combined sentence of more than 100 years.

Since her house arrest last year, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been assisted by seven people detained with her, and has had the companionship of her dog.

It was not clear whether her aides would be released upon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s transfer to the prison.

The move to the prison has prompted concerns about Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s wellbeing, especially given her old age.

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