Aung San Suu Kyi charged with violating house arrest
Excerpt from The Independent (UK) article on Thursday, May 14:
Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be facing up to five years in prison after being charged with violating the terms of her house arrest.
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was today charged with breaching the terms of her house arrest and faces up to five years in jail for allowing an American man to stay at her lakeside home, her party said.
Activists denounced her trial, set to begin on Monday, as a ploy by the country’s junta to keep Suu Kyi, 63, sidelined ahead of elections in 2010.
The Nobel Peace laureate’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won a huge victory in 1990 polls only to be denied power by the military, which has ruled the former Burma since 1962.
Suu Kyi, whose latest six-year detention is due to expire on May 27, will remain in Yangon’s Insein Prison for a trial that has been scheduled for May 18, a spokesman for the National League for Democracy (NLD) said.
The article goes on to say that Suu Kyi has been in frail health, suffering dehydration and low blood pressure.
Let’s keep Suu Kyi and the people of Burma in our thoughts and prayers and hope that they will soon win democracy and justice.
– posted by Debbie Chong