Suu Kyi’s trial moved to prison: Aide
Published: 01:19 PM, 23 June 2022
Aung San Suu Kyi; Photo: Collected
Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial has been transferred from a special court in the capital, Naypyidaw, to prison.
A source close to Suu Kyi’s case told Reuters on Wednesday that “the ruling junta had issued the order without any explanation.”
The aide, speaking on condition of anonymity due to safety concerns, told Reuters that “the judge had said on Wednesday that the trial (Suu Kyi’s) would begin at the new courthouse. However, we have learned that the court has referred to the new building as Naypyidaw Prison”.
However, sources said that Suu Kyi does not have to stay in jail for the time being even though she is being tried in jail. Junta chief Min Aung Hlaing has allowed her to remain in captivity since the military seized power.
Suu Kyi was ousted and taken as a prisoner in a military coup on February 1, 2021. Myanmar’s then-army chief Min Aung Hlaing led the coup.
Suu Kyi was taken into custody at an undisclosed location. No one knows the address of that unknown place except the junta government.
Meanwhile, the junta has filed at least 20 cases against imprisoned Nobel laureate Suu Kyi, 77. Suu Kyi would like to face up to 150 years in prison if she is found guilty in all of those cases.
Reuters contacted several military government spokesmen for more details, however, no one agreed to comment on this issue.