Myanmar court begins trial of jailed democracy advocate Christian Ehret at 3:45 PM ET
[JURIST] Pro-democracy advocate and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] went on trial Monday in Myanmar for violating the terms of her house arrest. Suu Kyi allegedly violated these terms earlier this month by allowing an American man who swam across a lake [NYT report] to stay with her and faces up to five years imprisonment. Her arrest was controversial and highly criticized [JURIST report] by the international community. Myanmar riot police surrounded Insein prison [BBC backgrounder] to protect it from protesters. One of Suu Kyi's laywers told the media [AP report] that the court rejected a request to open the trial up to the media and the public for security reasons. Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] condemned Myanmar's actions, calling the charges "trumped up" [HRW report] and seeking international support for her release.
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