Rangoon, Burma (BBN)- The trial of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi begun at Insein prison near Rangoon on Monday, a local official confirmed.
Burmese opposition leader was taken to the prison on Thursday and charged with breaching security laws by allowing U.S. national John Yettaw to spend two days at her residence, after he used home-made flippers to swim across the lake earlier this month.
The court in Insein prison has adjourned for the day and fixed the next date of hearing concerning Aung San Suu Kyi’s case for Tuesday, May 19.
The hearing on Monday, which began at 10.00 am (local time), previously broke at noon for lunch, before the justice adjourned the court for the day at about 3.00 pm (local time), according to reports.
Roads leading to the jail were blocked to traffic and the public on Monday morning to prevent public protests against the trial.
Security forces barred the ambassadors of Britain, France, Germany and Italy from the jail as they attempted to entry to the prison, but the
U.S. consul was allowed into the prison compound since the intruder- American citizen John William Yettaw – is also on trial.
Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy Spokesman Nyan Win said at the party’s headquarters that the court rejected their request to open the trial to the public and media “for security reasons.”
He also said that they would continue to seek to have the proceeding made public.
BBN/SS/SI/AD-19May09-3:12 am (BST)