Sunday, May 31, 2009

Aung San Suu Kyi hid truth: junta

( -OPPOSITION leader Aung San Suu Kyi "covered up" the truth by failing to report an American man in her home, a senior Burmese official said today, warning foreigners not to interfere in the case.

"It is no doubt that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has committed a cover-up of the truth by her failure to report an illegal immigrant to the authorities concerned," Major General Aye Myint, Burma's deputy defence minister, told a security forum in Singapore.

"Thus there was no option but to open legal proceedings in accordance with the law," he said.

"She permitted him to stay.... She communicated, provided him food and shelter," Major General Myint said.

Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace laureate, is facing up to five years' detention on charges relating to the surprise visit of an eccentric American to her lakeside prison home in early May.

In his speech to regional security officials and experts, the general said the case against Aung San Suu Kyi was an internal matter for Burma to resolve without foreign intervention.

"Countries should refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of Myanmar (Burma) that will affect peace and security of the region," said Major General Myint.

"Solving one's internal affairs through its legal system with legal proceedings in accordance with law does not amount to the threat of peace or breach of security of the region," he said in an apparent reaction to criticism of the charges against Aung San Suu Kyi from other forum participants.

Ann Taylor, Britain's minister for international defence and security, said at the meeting earlier today that Aung San Suu Kyi should be released.

"The continued imprisonment of Aung San Suu Kyi by the Burmese regime is a reminder that we cannot take for granted the institution of democracy," she said.

"The people of Burma have suffered for nearly half a century of conflict and isolation, but Aung San Suu Kyi is not alone," Taylor said.

"People all around the world are standing with her and the Burmese people and we say to the generals: Now is the time for transition to democracy starting with the release of Aung San Suu Kyi."

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Burma's Government in Exile Plans New Political Strategy for Democracy

By Ron Corben

(VOA-Bangkok) -Burma's government in exile says it is changing its strategy to reach democracy, following the military government's decision to prosecute Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Tensions in Rangoon are reported to be rising as the trial progresses.

The government in exile, the National Coalition Government for the Union of Burma, says it will announce its new strategy for a transitional process to democracy in late June. It says the trial of opposition-leader Aung San Suu Kyi has undermined the credibility of the military's planned 2010 elections.

A representative for the government in exile, Thaung Htun, says the new plan will ask all stakeholders to to join a credible political process."

"Aung San Suu Kyi is the key partner for dialogue, the key person for reconciliation," said Thaung Htun. "The regional players in the international community should say in one voice that 2010 election planned by the regime - if it is not inclusive - if it excludes Aung San Suu Kyi and other key ethnic leaders and the key stakeholders - that stand has to be made clear. After that in cooperation with the U.N. Secretary General, the regional players should have to push for a real inclusive democratic transition in Burma."

Thaung Htun says tensions are rising in Rangoon before the verdict, amid stepped up security and fears of public unrest if Aung San Suu Kyi is found guilty. She is charged for breaching her house detention order. The case is seen as a pretext for extending her detention and preventing her from participating in next year's elections.

On Sunday, the military government defended its prosecution of Aung SanSuu Kyi, saying that no one in the country is "above the law" and warned other countries against "meddling in the internal affairs of Burma".

Diplomatic efforts to pressure Burma's military towards reform and to release political prisoners have accelerated with the trial.

Several countries, including the United States and the European Union, have sanctions imposed on the military, while a broad range of countries, including Asian states, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and and the Philippines have called for Aung San Suu Kyi's release.

A verdict in her case is expected Friday. If found guilty the 1991 Nobel laureate faces up to five years in jail. She has spent 13 of the past 19 years under detention.

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