Jailed Myanmar leader Suu Kyi moved to house arrest: source

Aung San Suu Kyi, a symbol of democracy imprisoned in Myanmar, has been placed under house arrest by the country’s junta, a source told AFP on Wednesday.

Separately, a spokesman for the country’s military authorities said older prisoners were being given “necessary care” during a spell of hot weather, and it was not immediately clear whether the move was temporary or a represented a reduction in the 78-year-old Nobel laureate’s sentence.

The 78-year-old Nobel winner is currently serving a 27-year sentence for a variety of offenses, including breaking COVID-19 regulations and corruption.

Since the military imprisoned her after a coup in 2021, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has mainly been out of the public eye and is said to have health issues.

Former president U Win Myint and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi have been placed under home detention instead of jail, according to a military source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

In addition, the junta declared on Wednesday that 3,300 inmates will be released as part of a customary amnesty to commemorate the nation’s new year celebration.

Whether Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s decision was a temporary one or an official sentence reduction was not immediately apparent.

According to Junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun, the authorities had to take precautions to safeguard detainees who were at risk due to a period of extreme heat.

“Due to the extremely hot weather, not only Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and U Win Myint but also some elderly prisoners received the necessary care,” Zaw Min Tun told AFP.

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