Myanmar-Burma: Official defends Suu Kyi's prosecution

Updated On: Jun 01, 2009

Major General Aye Mint, Myanmar’s Deputy Minister of Defense, rejected calls yesterday for Aung San Suu Kyi’s release and said that her trial was a domestic issue in line with the country’s laws.

“The legal action against Aung San Suu Kyi is merely the internal affairs of Myanmar, taking action through its legal system in accordance with domestic law,” said Aye Mint at the 2009 Shangri-La Dialogue summit in Singapore.

Myanmar opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi is on trial on charges of violating her house arrest when she allowed an American intruder to stay at her home for 2 days after he swam to her lakeside residence in early May.

The democracy advocate has spent 13 of the past 19 years in detention at her home on Yangon’s Inya Lake. If convicted, Suu Kyi faces up to 5 years in prison, which would make her ineligible to contest Burma’s 2010 elections.

Her trial, which was scheduled to resume Monday, has been delayed until Friday, June 5.





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