Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Diplomats meet with Suu Kyi

(DVB)–Three foreign diplomats who were granted access to the courtroom where Aung San Suu Kyi is on trial today met face-to-face with the defendant following the hearing.

On the third day of the trial against the Burmese opposition leader accused of breaching conditions of her house arrest, the court heard testimonies from two witnesses.

Suu Kyi is charged with sheltering John Yettaw, who swam to her compound where she is held under house arrest earlier this month.

In a surprise move, the Burmese government allowed around 30 foreign diplomats and 10 journalists to observe the hearings.

Following the close of court, diplomats from Russia, Singapore and Thailand were granted permission to meet with Suu Kyi. The outcome of the meeting is unclear.

Both Russia and Thailand have strong ties with Burma’s ruling junta.

During the trial, the courtroom heard evidence from two police officers; one who had picked up Yettaw’s items from his hotel in Rangoon, and another who had collected items he left at Suu Kyi’s house.

Suu Kyi passed on a message to the audience at the court that she was unable greet each one of them in person but thanked them for their attendance.

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

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