Myanmar junta moves Aung San Suu Kyi trial to prison

Myanmar’s military rulers have ordered without explanation that all legal proceedings against deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi be moved from a courtroom to a prison, a source familiar with her affairs told Reuters on Wednesday.

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

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

Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing has so far allowed Suu Kyi to be detained at an undisclosed location in the capital Naypyidaw, despite convictions for sedition and several minor offences.

The source, who declined to be identified due to sensitivities at the trial, said the hearings would be moved to a new special court at Naypyidaw Prison.

“The judge has stated that a new building for the court has been completed,” the source added.

The ruling military council was not immediately available for comment.

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

It’s not clear how much Suu Kyi knows about the crisis in her country, which has been in chaos since the coup, with the military struggling to consolidate power and facing mounting resistance from militia groups.

Western countries have called the convictions a sham and demanded the release of Suu Kyi. The military says it will receive a fair trial from an independent judiciary.

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