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Last updated: 18 may, 2009 - 15:24 GMT

Burma's Suu Kyi on trial

A boy holds a poster of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi during anti-government protest

Ms Suu Kyi has already spent 13 of the past 19 years in detention

Burma's pro-democracy opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been put on trial in Rangoon, charged with breaching the terms of her long-running house arrest.

The accusation relates to a visit by an American man who swam across a lake to her house; her lawyer insists the man was uninvited.

If convicted, she faces the prospect of five years in jail and a long political ban.

The BBC's Komla Dumor spoke to Burma expert Dr Maung Zarni and began by asking him what were the charges she was facing?

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International broadcasters are banned from Burma but a BBC correspondent is in the country and told us how the people have reacted to the opening of the trial:

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So is the jailing of Ms Suu Kyi a foregone conclusion? Dr Maung Zarni again.

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First broadcast 18 May 2009

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