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The ousted leader of burma, Aung San Suu Kyiwho was imprisoned in a guarded residence, was transferred to a prison in Naypyidaw and placed in isolation, the military junta announced on Thursday. “According to criminal laws (…) she is kept in solitary confinement in jail,” he said. Zaw Min Tun, board spokespersonabout the 77-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner.

The former president had been under arrest in a secret place in the Burmese capital, accompanied by several people who work in the house and her dog, since she was overthrown in a coup last year. She only left this place to attend her trial hearings, a process in which she could be sentenced to dozens of years in prison, Télam reported.

Her staff and the dog did not accompany her, a source close to the case said, noting that security around the jail where she was sent had been tightened. “As far as we know, Aung San Suu Kyi is in good health,” she added. Her lawyers are not allowed to speak to the media and journalists are not allowed to attend the trial. Another close source said the Burmese leader “is in good spirits.”

“She is used to calmly facing these types of situations,” he said. Meanwhile, the deputy director for Asia of the NGO Human Rights Watch, Phil Robertson, stated that “Burma’s junta is headed for a much more punitive phase towards Aung San Suu Kyi.” “They’re obviously trying to intimidate her and her supporters,” she added.

Under the regime of another previous military junta, before the brief democratic period that ended in 2021, the Burmese leader spent long years under house arrest at her home in Yangon, the most important city in the country. Since she was ousted last year, her relations with the outside world are limited to brief meetings with her lawyers before the hearings.

The leader has already been sentenced to 11 years in prison after being found guilty of corruption, incitement to violence and violation of the health rules decreed due to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as not respecting the law on telecommunications.

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