Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is to face trial for breaching the conditions of her detention under house arrest after an uninvited stranger entered her home.
Suu Kyi will appear in court on Monday. Her house arrest was due to end later this month. If convicted of violating it – she could face a prison term of up to five years. An American man, John Yethaw, was arrested after swimming across a lake to her house using a set of home made flippers and apparently staying there secretly for two days. Suu Kyi’s supporters believe the intrusion is a device, conceived by the country’s ruling military junta, to ensure she remains detained until elections – scheduled for 2010 – have taken place. Suu Kyi, who is 63, has already spent more than 13 of the last 19 years in detention without trial for promoting democracy.