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Aung San Suu Kyi moved to solitary confinement in prison, says Myanmar junta spokesman

Three legal officials said that Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyers were informed on Tuesday that the building had been completed, and that all her remaining court hearings would be held there starting on Thursday.

The officials all spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorised to release any information about her cases.

One of the officials said that the government intended to put her in solitary confinement after her first conviction last year, but had to wait until the new facilities at the main prison in Naypyidaw were completed.

Australian economist Sean Turnell, who was an adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi, is being held at the same prison where she was sent.

Turnell and Aung San Suu Kyi are being prosecuted in the same case under the Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years, so both are to appear at the court inside the prison on Thursday.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s marathon court proceedings take place behind closed doors with only limited information reported by state media. A gag order has been imposed on her lawyers, whose only access to her is on trial days.

It is not clear how much Aung San Suu Kyi knows of the crisis in her country, which has been in chaos since the coup, with the military struggling to consolidate power and facing increasing resistance from militia groups.

Western countries have called the convictions a sham and demanded her release. The military says she is being given due process by an independent judiciary.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s supporters and rights groups say that the charges against her are politically motivated and are an attempt to discredit her and legitimise the military’s seizure of power while keeping her from returning to politics.

Many senior members of her government and party have also been arrested and tried, and several are co-defendants in some of her cases.

According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a private organisation that tracks government killings and arrests, a total of 11,174 people are currently in detention for suspected opposition to the ruling military council.

Source: CNA

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