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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2643

Aung San Suu Kyi currently moved to Insein prison

Bangkok, 15 May, ( Burmese Democratic Aung San Suu KyiAung San Suu Kyileader Aung San Suu Kyi, has been moved from her home, where she has spent 13 years under house arrest, to the infamous Insein Prison earlier yesterday , and put on trial for breaking the terms of her house arrest. She was charged after an American John Yettaw, reportedly swam across Inya Lake to her house, and refused to leave.

In the meantime Amnesty International has demanded the UN Security Council, notably China, Japan, and ASEAN countries; urgently intervene to secure Aung San Suu Kyi’s release from Insein prison.

"The government of Myanmar must free Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at once, without condition, and not return her to house arrest" said Benjamin Zawacki, Amnesty International’s Myanmar expert.

Aung San Suu Kyi, Daw Khin Khin Win, her daughter Win Ma Ma and John William Yettaw were charged yesterday under section 22 of the State Protection Act. They appeared at a special court located in the notorious Insein prison compound to hear the charges against them.

But, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) in a press statement revealed that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, her two live-in party members Daw Khin Khin Win and her daughter Win Ma Ma were not sent back to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s home. All of them are being held now in the Insein prison.

Yesterday, the judge read out the charges to them in the court.

The judge did not ask any questions. The judge ordered the defendants to return to court again on May 18, 2009. The court was presided over by the Rangoon Western District Justice Thawng Nyunt, and Nyi Nyi Soe, in the presence of district legal advisor Myint Kyaing. The defendants are allowed to have lawyers. They are U Kyi Win and U Hla Myo Myint.

Early yesterday morning, they were taken from the home of Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi by armed escort to the Insein Prison.

The American John William Yettaw faces an additional charge under immigration law, although the details are not yet known.

- Asian Tribune -

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