Burma Will Allow Diplomats to Visit Suu Kyi

Dictatorship also opens trial to media after global outcry
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2009 5:17 AM CDT
Burma Will Allow Diplomats to Visit Suu Kyi
Burmese activists participate in a rally demanding the immediate release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Seoul, South Korea, today.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Burma's ruling junta will take the unusual step of allowing diplomats to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader currently on trial, reports CNN. Officials from Russia, Singapore, and Thailand are expected to meet Suu Kyi later today. On the third day of the trial, the government allowed Burmese reporters into the courtroom for the first time, after days of international condemnation of the legal action.

Suu Kyi and two of her housekeepers are on trial for subversion after an uninvited American man swam across the lake near her house and stayed with her for two days. Her supporters say that the trial provides a pretext for continuing her detainment. This week nine of her fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureates, including Desmond Tutu, condemned the trial as "a mockery" designed to extend her "unlawful detention."
(More Aung San Suu Kyi stories.)

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