Myanmar protests ASEAN alternate chairman statement on Aung San Suu Kyi 2009-05-24 23:23:59   Print

    YANGON, May 24 (Xinhua) -- The Myanmar government Sunday lodged a strong protest over a statement of the alternate chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) over a lawsuit against detained political party leader Aung San Suu Kyi, saying that the statement is an interference in the country's internal affairs.

    The ASEAN alternate chairman is now represented by Thailand.

    The May 18 ASEAN statement, which Myanmar said, was neither prepared by the grouping's senior officials meeting nor adopted by its foreign ministers' meeting, according to the state radio in a night broadcast.

    The raising of concern over Aung San Suu Kyi's health status in the statement was not true, the Myanmar statement said, citing the current sound health condition of the political leader under trial.

    The Thai statement, which Myanmar also said, discredits ASEAN, Thailand and Myanmar, and creates unsound tradition.

    Myanmar government's lawsuit against Aung San Suu Kyi, General Secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD), her two maids -- Khin Khin Win and Win Ma Ma, and American citizen John William Yettaw, is underway at a special court set up in Yangon's Insein Prison and the proceedings have entered into the fifth day since Monday.

    According to the state media, all of the defendants pleaded not guilty.

    The proceedings were adjourned until Monday (May 25).

    Aung San Suu Kyi, 63, was charged with breaching the authorities' "Security Law Safeguarding the State Against the Dangers of Subversive Elements" by accommodating the American tourist and speaking to him who sneaked into her restricted house for three days from May 3 to 5.

    Aung San Suu Kyi's two maids and Yettaw were also charged with supporting her acts.

    Moreover, Yettaw was also separately charged with breaking immigration rule and Yangon Municipal Acts for swimming across the Inya Lake. 

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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