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Myanmar’s deposed leader moved to solitary confinement in prison

Suu Kyi has been charged with at least 20 criminal offenses that carry potential combined maximum jail terms of more than 100 years.

Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been moved to a prison and is being kept in solitary confinement, according to a junta spokesperson on Thursday.

The former leader, who is 77, has been held by the military since 1 February last year, when it ousted her democratically elected government, plunging Myanmar into chaos.

Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate has been charged with at least 20 criminal offenses that carry potential combined maximum jail terms of more than 100 years, as per reports.

After last year’s coup, she was initially held at her home in the capital but has spent the past year at an unknown location, where she is helped by seven people detained alongside her and has a dog – reportedly a gift from her son.

Aung San Suu Kyi previously spent a total of 15 years in detention at the hands of the military, though she was mostly held at her home, a lakeside villa in Yangon.

Myanmar’s military leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing is the one who led a coup against an elected civilian government in 2021 and detained Aung San Suu Kyi over alleged election irregularities.

More than 1,000 civilians have been killed by Myanmar security forces with thousands of others arrested, according to the United Nations, amid a crackdown on strikes and protests which has derailed the country’s tentative democracy and prompted international condemnation.

Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese politician, diplomat, author, and a 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate who served as State Counsellor of Myanmar (equivalent to a prime minister) and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2016 to 2021.

She has served as the chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) since 2011, having been the general secretary from 1988 to 2011. She played a vital role in Myanmar’s transition from military junta to partial democracy in the 2010s.

First Published: 23rd June, 2022 18:37 IST

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