Suu Kyi Lawyer Banned

Burma disbars activist attorney, files charges against intruding American
By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted May 16, 2009 8:35 AM CDT
Burma pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi talks with supporters and well-wishers after praying at the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, May 6, 2002.   (AP Photo/David Longstreath, File)
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(Newser) – Burma has disbarred a high-profile activist lawyer who was meant to be part of Aung San Suu Kyi’s defense team, Reuters reports. Aung Thein said he visited the prison yesterday where the Noble Peace laureate is being held ahead of a Monday trial on charges she violated her house arrest, and today received a notice revoking his law license.

The American man who jeopardized Suu Kyi’s upcoming release from her 6-year house arrest term by swimming to her lakeside home has been charged with trespassing and immigration violations, CNN reports. Also, the US has renewed sanctions against Burma in response to the country’s decision to put Suu Kyi on trial for the incident.