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***PRESS STATEMENT*** Rohrabacher Comments on Sudden Trial of Burmese Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi

May 14, 2009

Washington, May 14, 2009 - Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) issued the following statement in reaction to the Burmese government’s sudden decision to put Burmese democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi on trial with the possibility of facing a five year prison sentence:

“When the dictatorship in Burma threatens Aung San Suu Kyi, they are not just taking on one woman, they are taking on the good, decent and democratic people of the whole world. We are behind her 100%. If they continue the torturous treatment of her in a prison, they will not only continue to have the disdain of the world but activate the world in outrage.

It has long since passed when the military dictators of Burma should have stepped aside and allowed a more honest and efficient government democratically chosen by the people of Burma. Nothing undermines the legitimacy of the upcoming elections more than this type of maneuver against Aung San Suu Kyi by the military junta.”

Aung San Suu Kyi has been held under house arrest by Burma’s military leaders for the last 18 years.