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Sunday 23 September 2018

Suu Kyi actress is deported from Burma

Michelle Yeoh, the actress who stars as Aung San Suu Kyi in a forthcoming film, was deported from Burma after being placed on a blacklist by the military authorities who still control the country.

Yeoh, who has appeared in films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, arrived at Rangoon's international airport last Wednesday but was refused entry at immigration and placed on the first available flight out of the country.

"I don't know what happened at the airport," Nyan Win, a lawyer for the Burmese democracy leader, said from Rangoon.

The Malaysian-born Yeoh met with Ms Suu Kyi, known as The Lady by her supporters, after the democracy leader was released from house arrest last November after more than seven years of detention at her crumbling lakeside home in Rangoon.

"Last year, she came to Burma and she spent all day with The Lady," Nyan Win said, adding that it was a "good visit" and it was possible the actress was planning to meet with Ms Suu Kyi again this time.

But an unidentified Burmese official said that staff at the airport would have been alerted to watch out for Yeoh and stopped her when she landed.

There was no word from the authorities as to why Yeoh had been placed on the list of banned individuals, which is usually made up of journalists and democracy activists.

The 48-year-old presumably irked the generals by her decision to feature in the movie, The Lady.

The film, based on a screenplay by the British writer Rebecca Frayn, tells the story of Ms Suu Kyi and her relationship with Michael Aris, the British man she married after the couple met while studying at Oxford in the early 1970s.

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