Aung San Suu Kyi’s son arrives in Thailand ahead of her expected release

The British-based youngest son of Aung San Suu Kyi has arrived in Thailand in a further indication that the detained Burmese opposition leader will be freed next week.

By Ian MacKinnon in Hua Hin, Thailand

Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party has been banned from taking part in Sunday's election Photo: EPA

Ms Suu Kyi is due to be released when her detention ends on November 13, six days after Sunday’s historic elections, the first in 20 years.

Kim Aris, 33, has travelled to Bangkok hoping to see his mother for the first time in a decade, her lawyer said yesterday.

The intensely private Mr Aris, who shuns the limelight, has been denied a visa to visit his 65-year-old Nobel laureate mother many times since his last trip to see her in December 2000.

But Nyan Win, Ms Suu Kyi’s lawyer, said that Mr Aris had travelled to the Thai capital though he was unaware if he had obtained a visa already in London or was submitting an application to the Burmese embassy in Bangkok.

“I know only that Kim has arrived in Bangkok, but I do not know whether he is waiting for his mother’s release,” said Nyan Win. “We all believe that she will be released by November 13.”
Mr Aris’s father, the British academic Michael Aris, died of prostate cancer in 1999 at the age of 53 but was denied a visa to visit Ms Suu Kyi for the last three years of his life.

Since Mr Aris has also been refused visas so many times, it seems unlikely that he would have travelled to Thailand without some inkling he will be able to meet his mother, who has been in detention for 15 of the past 21 years.

Ms Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party was banned from taking part in Sunday’s election, branded sham democracy by many observers who maintain it is simply a ruse for the junta to cling to power

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