Junta may move Suu Kyi to house arrest

Myanmar’s military government may move ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi from prison to house arrest in the capital, Naypyitaw, two media outlets reported yesterday.

The 78-year-old Nobel laureate has been in detention since her arrest in early 2021 when the military overthrew her elected government in a coup and unleashed a bloody crackdown on opponents that has seen thousands jailed or killed.

The Associated Press cited an unidentified security official as saying the move was an act of clemency to prisoners as part of a religious ceremony due next week.

The BBC Burmese-language service cited a “source close to the prison” as saying she may have already been moved to a house usually used by government officials.

Reuters could not independently verify the reports or Suu Kyi’s whereabouts.

A spokesman for Myanmar’s ruling military was not immediately available for comment. Suu Kyi’s lawyers and a spokesperson for the shadow National Unity Government, could not confirm.

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