Asian Leaders Condemn Suu Kyi Trial

Nobel Peace Prize-winners label pro-democracy leader's trial 'a mockery'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2009 6:00 AM CDT
A protester stands beside a poster of Aung San Suu Kyi during a rally in front of Burma's embassy in Manila today.   (AP Photo/Pat Roque)
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(Newser) – The trial of Aung San Suu Kyi drew unusually strong condemnation from Asian leaders as it entered its second day today, the BBC reports. A statement from the ASEAN bloc urged Burma's ruling military junta to ensure the ailing 63-year-old was given proper medical care, repeated a call for her immediate release, and warned that the government's "honor and credibility" were at stake.

Nine of Suu Kyi's fellow Nobel Peace Prize-winners joined the condemnation, CNN reports. "The trial is a mockery," they wrote in a letter that accused the junta of seeking to extend her detention through trumped-up charges and urged the UN secretary-general to intervene. Dozens of Suu Kyi's supporters gathered outside the courthouse, where they were filmed by plainclothes police. The trial is expected to last three months.