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First appearance of Burmese leader Suu Kyi in nearly six years as she leaves diplomats in awe at ‘secret’ trial

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First appearance of Burmese leader Suu Kyi in nearly six years as she leaves diplomats in awe at ‘secret’ trial

Last updated at 2:21 PM on 21st May 2009

It has been nearly six years since Burmese democracy leader Aung Suu Kyi was hidden away from the world by the military junta.

But yesterday, without warning or explanation, the generals threw open the doors of access to her – and the result left diplomats awe-inspired.

Suu Kyi, 63, is on trial for breaking the terms of her house arrest after an uninvited American intruder swam to her Yangon home this month.

Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi is escorted to a car on the third day of her trial at Yangon’s Insein Prison yesterday, after the junta allowed diplomats and media to observe the trial

‘Awe-inspiring’: Suu Kyi appeared tranquil, composed and in good health as she walked into the courtroom

Until yesterday generals have carried out the trial in secret, deep inside a Yangon prison.

But yesterday diplomats were shocked to find themselves suddenly being taken to witness the trial – coming face to face with Suu Kyi for the first time in nearly six years.

She called out to diplomats in English, telling them she hoped she would see them again ‘in better days’.

‘She was ramrod straight, dignified, composed,’ British ambassador Mark Canning, who sat in court with 10 other ambassadors, told the Independent.

‘She seemed to crackle with energy – you could see the way she commanded her defence team, and in fact commanded the wider courtroom.’

‘She exuded an aura that can only be described as awe-inspiring,’ Philippines charge d’affaires Joselito Chad Jacinto added.

‘Crackling with energy’: Suu Kyi (R) greets diplomats and journalists at the prison guesthouse in Yangon yesterday

But it was over as quickly as it had begun. Today diplomats and journalists were once again barred from the courtroom. It is unclear if they will be allowed access again in the future.

Suu Kyi’s two female assistants and the American, John Yettaw, are also on trial after his bizarre attempts to see her.

Her latest spell of detention had been due to expire later this month. Now she faces five more years in jail.

The trial – slammed by furious supporters and labelled as ‘outrageous’ by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – is widely seen as an excuse by the regime to keep her out of the way. Burma is to hold elections next year.

State-run MRTV broadcast footage of her meeting the three diplomats. It also showed what appeared to be prison staff quarters where Suu Kyi is being held.

Part of the Insein Prison Compound in Yangon, where Suu Kyi is being detained

More of the Insein Prison Compound in Yangon

In Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the upcoming election would be illegitimate because of the treatment of the charismatic leader of the National League for Democracy.

‘It is outrageous that they are trying her and that they continue to hold her because of her political popularity,’ Mrs Clinton told a congressional hearing.

‘It’s our hope that this baseless trial will end with a quick release of her and … a return to some political involvement, eventually, by her and her party,’ she added.

In 1990, the generals refused to hand power to Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) after it won a landslide election victory, and launched a crackdown on the party.

Suu Kyi has been detained for more than 13 of the past 19 years, most of them at her home in Yangon, guarded by police, her mail intercepted and visitors restricted.

Protesters from Burma’s National League for Democracy shout slogans as they hold a portrait of Suu Kyi during a rally demanding her release iin front of the Myanmar embassy in Seoul, South Korea yesterday

The United States renewed sanctions against the regime after Suu Kyi was charged under a draconian security law a week ago.

European governments were weighing tougher sanctions and planned to lobby their Asian counterparts at meetings in the region next week to use their influence on the regime.

Analysts say the meetings in Hanoi and Phnom Penh were likely to produce more words than action.

Although ASEAN warned the ‘honour and credibility’ of its troublesome member was at stake, it has consistently opposed sanctions in favour of engaging with the generals.

In Cambodia, a group of MPs said Suu Kyi’s trial was a test of whether the ASEAN charter ‘has teeth and can be used effectively to promote peace and stability in the region’.

Suu Kyi is shown with diplomats and journalists on television yesterday

Critics fear the charter’s proposed human rights body will be too weak to sway a regime that has survived sanctions and ignored countless ASEAN and U.N. envoys seeking to broker a dialogue between the junta and opposition.

The U.N. Security Council faced new calls for an inquiry into rights abuses in Burma, similar to those conducted for atrocities in Darfur, Rwanda and Yugoslavia.

Systematic abuses ‘strongly suggest Burma’s military regime may be committing crimes against humanity and war crimes prosecutable under international law,’ said a report by five prominent international jurists.

They wrote the ‘forced displacement of over 3,000 villages in eastern Burma, and widespread and systematic sexual violence, torture, and summary execution of innocent civilians’ justified a U.N. inquiry into crimes against humanity and war crimes.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1185617/First-appearance-Burmese-leader-Suu-Kyi-nearly-years-leaves-diplomats-awe-secret-trial.html

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 21, 2009 at 3:25 pm

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