The military clique which rules Myanmar with a tight fist pays scant attention to the world outside its own domain. The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged the Burmese government not to proceed with the trial of dissident leader, Aung San Suu Kyi who was arrested because a nut case swam across a lake and got refuge in her house. ASEAN, literally for the first time, issued a protest to Burma over the trial and noted that country’s “honor and credibility” was at stake if it proceeded.
The trial is taking place in the infamous Insein prison and the public and media is barred from hearing what transpires for a “trial.” Ms. Kyi’s lawyer was disbarred so it is doubtful if anything resembling a trial is occurring. It is expected she will be sent to prison for a few years to ensure that her presence does not interfere with the scheduled election next year.