Former State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi is now being held in solitary confinement, the junta announced yesterday.
Junta Information Minister Gen. Zaw Min Tun announced that 77-year-old Suu Kyi had been moved from house arrest to a prison in Naypyidaw “in accordance with the law.”
The move further advances the military government’s goal of diminishing the de facto head of the civilian government it drove from power in February 2021.
Multiple court cases against her that are moving forward will now be tried at the prison.
One month ago, a special court ruled there was enough evidence to indict her on additional corruption charges bought by the junta relating to allegations regarding land granted to a foundation established in memory of her mother.
Suu Kyi had already been sentenced to 11 years in prison on prior convictions.
On April 27, she was sentenced to five years in prison under Section 55 of the Anti-Corruption Law for taking bribes of gold and US$60,000 from former Yangon Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein. The 76-year-old state counsellor, who still awaits trial on other charges of bribery, also faces a lawsuit brought by the junta under the Government Secrets Act along with an Australian codefendant and her former business adviser, Shawn Turnell.