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Suu Kyi moved to solitary confinement in prison

June 25, 2022

YANGON: Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi remained in strong spirits after being transferred from house arrest to prison, a source with knowledge of the case said late on Thursday, and would "calmly" face her new solitary confinement.

Since being deposed in a coup last year, Suu Kyi had been under house arrest at an undisclosed location in Naypyidaw, accompanied by several domestic staff and her dog, according to sources familiar with the situation.

The Nobel laureate, 77, left those premises only to attend hearings for her numerous trials in a junta court that could see her handed a prison sentence of more than 150 years. On Wednesday she was transferred from house arrest to "solitary confinement in prison", junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun said in a statement.

Her future trial hearings would take place inside a courtroom within the prison compound, he added. Suu Kyi remained sanguine after the transfer, a source with knowledge of the case told AFP on Thursday.

"She acts like before and is in strong spirits," said the source, who requested anonymity. "She is used to facing any kind of situation calmly." Another source with knowledge of the case said Suu Kyi’s domestic staff and her dog had not accompanied her when she was moved Wednesday, and that security around the prison compound was "tighter than before".

Suu Kyi will be provided with three female staff from inside the prison to look after her, said the source, without specifying whether they would be convicts or prison wardens. A spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the global body’s officials were "very concerned" for Suu Kyi.