Myanmar opposition icon Aung San Suu Kyi said she hoped for “better days” Wednesday as the ruling junta unexpectedly allowed diplomats and reporters to attend her trial.
The 63-year-old looked healthy as she thanked foreign envoys for coming to the Insein Prison in her first public comments since she was charged last week with breaching her house arrest, an AFP reporter inside the court said.
“Thank you very much for coming and for your support,” Aung San Suu Kyi, wearing pink Burmese traditional dress, said inside the courtroom at the end of the third day of the trial.
“I can’t meet you one by one, but I hope to meet you all in better days,” she added.
Aung San Suu Kyi then went for a meeting with the ambassadors of Thailand, Singapore and Russia at a so-called “guest house” inside the prison compound.
The surprise move by the military regime to allow some diplomats and media access to the trial followed intense international pressure and a scathing condemnation by Myanmar's normally placid Southeast Asian neighbours.
“Yes, we saw Aung San Suu Kyi, and she appeared very strong,” said Joselito Chad Jacinto, the charge d'affaires of the Philippine Embassy in Myanmar.