Opposition activists in Myanmar, formally known as Burma, have condemned new charges against their leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as a ploy to keep her in detention.
She is due to be tried next week on an accusation of breaking the terms of her house arrest. It arises from an intrusion into her home by an American man, and comes just two weeks before her latest six year detention is due to end. The country’s military rulers say John William Yettaw swam to her home across a lake using homemade flippers. They say he stayed there for two days. If found guilty the Nobel Peace laureate could be sentence to a further five years. A member of the Alternative Asean Network on Burma said: “According to her current period of detention, Aung San Suu Kyi should have… she should be released by May 27 ever the junta’s own rule. So they have to find another way to keep her away, to separate her from the people of Burma, and the international community.” Her supporters say the military leaders’ aim is to keep her sidelined from elections next year. She won a huge victory in 1990 only to be denied power by the military.