Rangoon, Burma (BBN)– The trial of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has begun at a notorious prison near Rangoon, where she is charged with breaching the terms of her house arrest, a local official confirmed.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s defence counsels Kyi Win, Khin Htay Kywe and Hla Myo Myint were seen entering Insein prison at 8:30 am (local time), according to reports.

She was taken to Insein on Thursday and charged with breaching security laws by allowing US national John Yettaw to spend two days at her residence, after he used home-made flippers to swim across the lake earlier this month.

Roads leading to the jail were blocked to traffic and the public on Monday morning to prevent public protests against the trial.

BBN/SS/SI/AD-18May09-11:52 am (BST)