The leaders who claimed power after the coup in February 2021 confirmed that the deposed leader was taken to a prison facility, where she will be in a “separate place” for her. Suu Kyi, who was being held under house arrest, was found guilty on charges amounting to eleven years’ imprisonment. There are still more than a dozen cases advancing against her.
This Thursday, June 23, the military junta that governs Myanmar ratified that the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, entered prison after being under house arrest since February 2021, when the coup d’état took place.
The official spokesman, Zaw Min Tun, reported that the deposed leader was taken to a facility located in the national capital Naypyidaw “in accordance with criminal laws.” There she will remain in a “separate place” especially for her, he added in the statement.
This transfer occurs after a demonstration was carried out in different parts of the nation last Sunday, the day Suu Kyi turned 77, to demand her release. The civilians are joined by requests from the United Nations, various NGOs and governments of the international community.
The defendant, who is sentenced to 11 years in prison for complaints filed by the military authorities, was notified of the transfer on Tuesday at one of the court hearings she attends every week.
During her home confinement, the whereabouts of the Burmese politician were unknown, who was also not allowed to have contacts with the outside beyond the brief meetings with her defenders.
For now, Suu Kyi has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for incitement against the military junta, breaking laws against Covid-19, illegal possession of communications devices, and one corruption charge.
Meanwhile, he also faces another dozen complaints for corruption, one for alleged electoral fraud and another for having violated the Official Secrets Law, according to the military junta. If she were found guilty on all counts, her time in prison would exceed 100 years.
Defense maintains that the judicial siege has marked political overtones
Suu Kyi’s lawyers, who are prohibited from speaking publicly, as ruled by the military junta, expressed that the complaints have no basis and are a fabrication by the current authorities to remove the deposed leader from the political map.
It is not the first time that the Nobel Prize has faced imprisonment by the military. He already spent 15 years under house arrest by the previous authoritarian administration, which was dissolved in 2011, a year after his release. Additionally, in 2009 she spent four months in jail because an American civilian sneaked into the house where she was serving her solitary confinement.
The Army took power in February 2021 alleging that there was large-scale fraud in the elections held in November 2020, annulling the result where Suu Kyi swept the same way she did in 2015.
Since the military took over Myanmar, violence against civilians has increased. Nearly 2,000 have been killed in clashes with security forces and another 14,000 have been arrested.
With EFE and AFP
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