Myanmar junta moves Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial to prison

Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who turned 77 on Sunday, has been charged with at least 20 criminal offenses since she was overthrown in a coup d’état early last year, including multiple allegations of corruption. She denies all allegations.

Some media outlets reported that Suu Kyi was also transferred from house arrest to Naypyidaw Prison on Wednesday. Reuters was unable to independently verify these reports.

Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing has so far allowed Suu Kyi to remain in detention at an undisclosed location in the capital city of Naypyidaw, despite convictions for incitement and several minor offenses.

The source, who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the trial, said the hearing will be moved to a new special court at Naypyidaw Prison.

“The judge stated that the construction of the new building for the court was completed,” the source added.

The ruling military council could not be contacted for comment.

Suu Kyi’s trial is taking place behind closed doors, with only limited information being reported by state media. Her lawyers have been banned from silence and have access to her only on court days.

It’s unclear how much Suu Kyi knows about the crisis in her country, which has been in chaos since the coup as the military tries to consolidate power and faces growing resistance from militias.

Western countries called the guilty verdicts a sham and demanded Suu Kyi’s release. The military says the independent judiciary is following due process.

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