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Lawyers meet Suu Kyi to discuss appeal

New Delhi (Mizzima) - Detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyers met her for about two hours on Thursday and discussed the appeal to be filed against her sentence.

“We were allowed to meet her for about two hours and we basically discussed the appeal to be filed,” Nyan Win, one of her lawyers said.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyers had filed a petition requesting the High Court to allow them to appeal against the decision by the Insein prison court, which sentenced her to a three-year prison term with hard labour.

The High Court accepted the submission and fixed September 18 for the hearing of arguments by Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyers.

Though the district court had sentenced her to three years in jail, an executive order by Burma’s military supremo Snr. Gen Than Shwe halved Aung San Suu Kyi’s sentence to 18 months and allowed her to serve time at her lakeside home on Rangoon’s University Avenue.

Meanwhile, United States on Wednesday urged the Burmese regime to give the Nobel Peace Laureate a fair hearing on her appeal.

State Department spokesperson Ian Kelly told reporters during a regular press briefing that “We are aware that Aung San Suu Kyi will have an appeal heard in a couple of weeks. I don’t have the exact date right now. But we would urge a fair hearing of Aung San Suu Kyi’s appeal.”

Kelly said the US has made it clear to the Burmese government bilaterally as well as highlighted it at the multilateral level, like the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) of the need “to open up its political process, and most of all the need to free the more than 2,000 political prisoners that are incarcerated in Burma.”

“And we, of course, are not alone in those concerns. Our allies in Europe have also called for the release of political prisoners,” Kelly added.

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