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Aung San Suu Kyi Moved From Prison - 2003-07-02


Published reports say Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been moved out of the country's most infamous prison to a new, undisclosed location.

French and German news agencies quote unidentified sources who say the Nobel laureate has not been held at Insein prison in Rangoon since last Saturday.

Thailand's prime minister added credence to those reports Wednesday. Thaksin Shinawatra told reporters that Burma's deputy foreign minister visited Bangkok Tuesday and told him Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi is not in prison, but is in a safe house.

Mr. Thaksin did not elaborate. But he said the deputy foreign minister, Khin Maung Win, showed him a photograph of the democracy campaigner in which she appeared healthy and living in good conditions.

The international community expressed outrage over Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi's detention after Britain said she was being held in a two-room hut at the prison, north of the Burmese capital. United Nations envoy Razali Ismail met with her last month and did not disclose her whereabouts, but described her living conditions as absolutely deplorable.

Burma's military government said it has the opposition leader in protective custody and will release her, but it has not said when. It also will not say where she is.

The sources quoted in Wednesday's news reports speculate that Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi was transferred to a military camp about 40 kilometers from Rangoon.

Meanwhile, Japan says Burma's deputy foreign minister will visit Tokyo soon for the first high-level talks since Japan froze economic aid to Rangoon to protest the detention of Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi. Japanese media say the visit could take place as early as Friday.

Information for this report is provided by AP,AFP and Reuters

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