Suu Kyi Moved to Prison for Trial

Pro-democracy leader faces charges over Yank's intrusion in home
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2009 1:31 AM CDT
Aung San Suu Kyi talks with supporters and well-wishers after praying at the Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon in this 2002 file photo. She was sentenced to 6 years of house arrest the following year.   (AP Photo/David Longstreath, File)
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(Newser) – Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been moved from her home to a Rangoon prison, the BBC reports. The country's military junta plans to put Suu Kyi—who has suffered ill health in recent days—on trial for allegedly violating the terms of her house arrest after an American man swam across a lake to her house last week.

The American was arrested after apparently sneaking into Suu Kyi's home uninvited. Suu Kyi's 6-year term of house arrest was due to expire at the end of this month. Many see the junta's latest move as a ploy to keep the pro-democracy leader detained until after the generals hold elections next year.