Journalists Barred Again From Suu Kyi Trial
21 May 09 | FT
Burmese authorities have again barred diplomats and journalists from the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the country’s opposition and winner of the Nobel peace prize.
But pressure is mounting on the regime with an announcement that Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general is seeking a meeting with General Than Shwe, the Burmese leader.
“I’m going to visit Myanmar [official name the ruling military junta gives to Burma] as soon as possible,” Mr. Ban told the Cable News Network of the U.S. “Now I am very serious in discussing with [the] government of Myanmar when I could be able to visit Myanmar.”
Some 40 observers were allowed to attend the hearings on Wednesday at a court inside Rangoon’s Insein prison. Ms Suu Kyi is fighting charges that she breached the terms of her house arrest by allowing John Yettaw, an American citizen from Falcon, Missouri, to stay the night after he swam across the lake behind her home to visit her. >>>