Aung San Suu Kyi Taken to Prison
Aung San Suu Kyi Taken to Prison by Burmese Regime
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By Hozan Alan Senauke
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi - leader of Burma's opposition party, the National League for Democracy - has been taken into custody at her lakeside home in Rangoon, and held to face a special court at the notorious Insein Prison (sic!), along with her doctor Dr. Tin Myo Win and her live-in caretakers, Khin Khin Win and her daughter Win Ma Ma. They are charged with violating security laws specially crafted to control the conditions of Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest. She has been under house arrest for thirteen of the last nineteen years.
Accusations against Aung San Suu Kyi and the others stem from the capture of a 53-year-old American John Yettaw, who apparently swam across Inya Lake to Suu Kyi's lakeside compound on the night of May 5. NLD sources sa
id Suu Kyi spoke with him, her caretakers gave him some food, and Suu Kyi asked him to leave the premises, but he appears to have spent the night on her property. Security officials believe that Yettaw had made a previous visit to Suu Kyi's compound in late 2008. Yettaw's motivations are unknown. A US consular representative talked with him Wednesday in the presence of Burmese intelligence officers. Yettaw will face trial separately on serious charges.