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 is confronted with almost a dozen corruption lawsuits. The politician faces up to 15 years in prison for each charge.
A first verdict was made in April: a court had sentenced Suu Kyi to five years in prison. 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.