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Timeline: Aung San Suu Kyi trial

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to an additional 18 months of house arrest for violating state security laws by allowing an American man into her lakeside home after he swam there uninvited. The BBC sets out how events unfolded.


3 May: American John Yettaw swims across a lake to the house where Aung San Suu Kyi is being detained. He stays two nights and then swims back. Burmese troops arrest him.

7 May: Burmese police enter Ms Suu Kyi's house and search it.

14 May: Aung San Suu Kyi and the two women that live with her are arrested and taken to Insein prison in Rangoon. Lawyers for Ms Suu Kyi say she is being charged with breaking the conditions of her house arrest. The US, other Asean countries, the EU, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon express grave concern.

18 May: Aung San Suu Kyi goes on trial at Insein prison. Dozens of supporters gather outside.

20 May: A group of journalists and diplomats are allowed into court. British Ambassador Mark Canning describes the pro-democracy leader as "composed" and "crackling with energy".

22 May: Burma's Foreign Minister U Nyan Win tells state media that the visit of John Yettaw was plotted by "internal and external anti-government elements".

He says the stunt was "trumped up to intensify international pressure" on Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi tells the court she committed no crime, and the UN Security Council calls on Burma to open dialogue with her.

26 May: Aung San Suu Kyi tells the court she did not know about John Yettaw's visit until hours after he arrived. She says she gave him shelter and did not tell the authorities about his intrusion because she feared he would be arrested.

Journalists and diplomats are allowed to observe this session of the court.

27 May: Aung San Suu Kyi's latest period of house arrest expires. Her lawyers say she will be allowed only one defence witness in court, lawyer Kyi Win. Her team had requested four.

28 May: Closing arguments are scheduled for 5 June.


5 June: Closing arguments are pushed back a week while defence lawyers argue for the reinstatement of three witnesses. A week later, the trial is delayed until 26 June. Further delays mean it does not resume until 10 July.

19 June: Activists across the world mark Aung San Suu Kyi's 64th birthday. The EU boosts sanctions on Burma's military rulers and renews calls for her release.

21 June: Court awards 18-month jail terms to two people who led prayers at a pagoda for Aung San Suu Kyi's release.

27 June: UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari visits Burma for talks with senior leaders. He does not meet top General Than Shwe, or Aung San Suu Kyi.

29 June: Burma's top court agrees to allow one more defence witness to testify in court, but rejects two others because they are government critics.


3/4 July: Ban Ki-moon visits Burma, urging its military junta to release Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners. He meets Gen Than Shwe but his request to meet Ms Suu Kyi is rejected by Burmese authorities. The UN secretary general says he is "deeply disappointed".

10 July: Ms Suu Kyi's second witness for the defence testifies in court. Lawyer Khin Moe Moe argues that Ms Suu Kyi is being tried under laws axed in 1988. Court adjourns until 24 July.

24 July: Court resumes in Rangoon. Lawyers from both sides present closing arguments.

31 July: Court postpones delivering a verdict until 11 August, with judges saying they need more time to review the case.

11 August: Aung San Suu Kyi is sentenced to an additional 18 months of house arrest. John Yettaw is jailed for seven years, four with hard labour.

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