Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi "covered up" the truth by failing to report an American man in her home, a senior Myanmar official said on Sunday, warning foreigners not to interfere in the case.
"It is no doubt that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has committed a cover-up of the truth by her failure to report an illegal immigrant to the authorities concerned," Major General Aye Myint, Myanmar's deputy defence minister, told a security forum in Singapore.
"Thus there was no option but to open legal proceedings in accordance with the law," he said.
"She permitted him to stay.... She communicated, provided him food and shelter," Aye Myint said.
Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace laureate, is facing up to five years' detention on charges relating to the surprise visit of an eccentric American to her lakeside prison home in early May.
In his speech to regional security officials and experts, the general said the case against Aung San Suu Kyi was an internal matter for Myanmar to resolve without foreign intervention.
"Countries should refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of Myanmar that will affect peace and security of the region," sid Aye Myint.