Myanmar official defense prosecution of Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu KyiSINGAPORE (AP) – It’s the first time a top official from Myanmar has publicly defended the country’s prosecution of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee).

Suu Kyi is currently on trial, charged with violating the terms of her house arrest by sheltering an American man after he swam to her lakeside residence in early May. Her lawyers have said the man sneaked onto her property. They blame security guards who monitor her house.

At a security conference in Singapore, Myanmar’s deputy defense minister said she had “committed a cover-up of the truth by her failure to report an illegal immigrant.” He says, “no one is above the law,” and that offenders need to be prosecuted or “anarchy will prevail.”

The democracy activist has been in detention without trial for 13 of the past 19 years. If she’s convicted, she faces up to five years in jail.

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