Burmese leader Suu Kyi ‘to be charged’ over American’s visit

May 14th, 2009 - 1:15 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 14 (ANI): Burmese authorities are to charge the pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and her two maids over an incident in which an American swam across a lake to visit her at her house, her National League for Democracy party said on Thursday. Police in the military-ruled nation detained John Yettaw, a US national, last week for gaining access to the 63-year-old Nobel laureate’s off-limits residence in Yangon and staying there for two days.

“Her lawyer said the authorities will charge the lady and her two maids at the court in Insein prison,” Nyan Win, a spokesman for her National League for Democracy party, referring to Myanmar’s most notorious jail.According to The Telegraph, it is not known what the man’s motive was or what he did at Suu Kyi’s home, where he spent two days.

According to the New Light of Burma newspaper, a mouth piece for the military regime, he swam into the compound on Sunday night but was only detected and arrested as he swam out of the compound on Tuesday night.

Aung San Suu Kyi, 65, is the daughter of the country’s independence hero, General Aung San, and the world’s only Nobel peace laureate currently in detention. She has spent most of the last 19 years under house arrest since winning national elections in 1990. (ANI)

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