Burma's Suu Kyi 'to face trial', shifted to prison
Junta is not not ready to show any mercy on pro-democracy leader Aung San Su Kyi but leaves no opportunity to punish her. Latest incident of Junta's harsh action is all about an US man visit and charges of breaking immigration laws.
Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged with breaching the conditions of her detention under house arrest, her lawyer has said.
A US man whose uninvited visit to her home led to the charges has also been charged with immigration and security offences, the lawyer added.
Ms Suu Kyi will stand trial on 18 May, he said. She was taken to a prison from her home in Rangoon, where she has spent most of the past 19 years, to hear the charges.
The American man was arrested after swimming across a lake to her house. The charges are yet to be confirmed by the government.
But it looks as though this is a device to keep her detained until elections due in 2010 which the generals think will give them some legitimacy, says BBC South-East Asia correspondent Jonathan Head.
She was driven in a police convoy from her house to the prison, eyewitnesses said. The Nobel Peace laureate has been under house arrest for much of the past 19 years.
The latest detention began in May 2003, after clashes between opposition activists and supporters of Burma's (Myanmar) military government.
The house arrest was extended last year - a move which analysts say is illegal even under the junta's own legal limits. It is now due to expire at the end of May.
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