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Aung San Suu Kyi: Healthy and Ready for Trial in Burma


Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she is in good health and ready to defend herself against new charges filed by the military government.

National League for Democracy spokesman Nyan Win says the Nobel Peace Laureate made the comments when she met Saturday with her lawyer Kyi Win at Rangoon's notorious Insein Prison.

Aung San Suu Kyi and two female assistants are charged with violating the conditions of her house arrest after an American intruder, John Yettaw, sneaked into her lakeside house. If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison.

The spokesman said the 63-year-old democracy leader wanted her supporters to know she is healthy, did not commit any crimes and is ready to testify in court.

Also on Saturday, Burma's military government reportedly released the personal physician of Aung San Suu Kyi after 10 days of detention.

Dr. Tin Myo Win's family says he is in good health. He was arrested on May 7, a day after Yettaw swam across a lake to make the unauthorized visit to Aung San Suu Kyi's home. It is not known why the doctor was arrested or whether it had anything to do with the visit.

A prominent Burmese lawyer, Aung Thein, said the military government revoked his license Friday after he applied to represent Aung San Suu Kyi in her trial. One of his associates, Khin Maung Shein, also had his license revoked.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other prominent officials around the world have called for Aung San Suu Kyi's immediate and unconditional release.

Regional powers Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore have also expressed concern about the new charges against Aung San Suu Kyi.

The restrictions imposed on Aung San Suu Kyi prohibit her from having contact with embassies, political parties and "associated persons." She also is barred from communicating with the outside world by telephone or mail.

Her current term of detention is set to expire May 27.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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