“Based on the criminal law,” Aung San Suu Kyi is now in solitary confinement in a prison in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw, junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun said. Their ongoing trials are being held at the detention center compound, law officials said.
The military staged a coup on February 1 last year and arrested de facto Prime Minister Suu Kyi as well as other government officials and most of the leading politicians of her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD). The junta justified the move with alleged fraud in the November 2020 general election, in which Suu Kyi’s party was re-elected by a large majority. The military did not provide any evidence. The electoral commission and international observers rejected the accusation.
This is where many political prisoners are imprisoned – the infamous Insein Prison in Yangon (archive image)
Suu Kyi was initially under house arrest at her residence. In recent months, the Nobel Peace Prize winner has been held at a secret location in Naypyidaw. It was generally assumed that this was a military base.
Already sentenced to eleven years in prison
The military junta initiated several trials against them. Suu Kyi has been sentenced to a total of eleven years in prison over the past few months for allegedly illegally importing radio equipment, violating the corona rules, incitement against the military and allegations of corruption.
Further proceedings are pending against the 77-year-old for breaches of official secrecy, electoral fraud and corruption. If she is found guilty in all cases, the Nobel Peace Prize winner faces more than 100 years in prison.
More than 14,000 people imprisoned
Human rights organizations have criticized the charges as politically motivated in order to finally neutralize Myanmar’s opposition. Since the coup, the country has descended into chaos and violence. According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), protests have killed at least 2007 people and imprisoned more than 14,200 people. Most of them are still in prison.
The junta continues to deny family members and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) visits to the prison. ICRC Asia Pacific Regional Director Christine Cipolla called for humanitarian visits to resume “as soon as possible”. The military justify the ban with the corona pandemic.
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