Trial Aung San Suu Kyi ‘moved to prison in Myanmar capital’ | Aung San Suu Kyic

Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to appear in a prison courtroom for all future hearings, amid reports that she will be transferred from an undisclosed detention location to a prison in the capital.

Myanmar’s ousted leader, who is 77, has been detained by the military since February 1 last year, when it overthrew its democratically elected government and plunged the country into chaos.

Since then, she has been charged with at least 20 crimes that could lead to her spending the rest of her life in detention, including multiple corruption cases, each carrying a maximum sentence of 15 years.

Her legal team has denied the charges, while human rights groups have condemned the cases as an attempt to remove her as a political threat.

After last year’s coup, she was initially detained at her residence in the capital, Naypyidaw, but has spent the past year in an undisclosed location, assisted by seven people held next to her, as well as a dog sent to was allegedly gifted by her son.

A source told Reuters that her 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. They asked to remain anonymous due to sensitivities about the process.

The Irrawaddy reported that the military had ordered that Aung San Suu Kyi be transferred to Naypyidaw prison and kept in solitary confinement. Democratic Voice of Burma English reported that she had been transferred to prison. However, it has not been possible to verify these reports.

Information on Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawsuits is limited, as hearings are not accessible to the media and her legal team is not allowed to speak about proceedings.

Aung San Suu Kyi previously spent a total of 15 years in military detention, although she was mostly held in her home, a lake villa in Yangon.

According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, an advocacy group that tracks murders and arrests, 11,174 people suspected of opposing the junta are now being detained, while 2,007 have been murdered.

Among those arrested are senior members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s government and party, including her adviser, Australian economist Sean Turnell, who is being held in Naypyidaw prison.

Turnell and Aung San Suu Kyi are both charged with violating the Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years, and will appear in court on Thursday, according to the Associated Press.