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Top court rejects Suu Kyi appeal against detention

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Burma’s top court in Naypyidaw yesterday rejected a final appeal by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi against her house arrest, according to her lawyers.

free-assk-nov13 The Supreme Court gave notice of its verdict on the detention of the National League for Democracy (NLD) general secretary through the Rangoon Central Court, NLD legal adviser Aung Thein said.

Chief Justice Aung Toe, Deputy Chief Justice Tun Tun Oo and Justice Kyaw Win heard the special appeal on October 29. Party members nevertheless remained hopeful she would be released on Saturday when her current sentence ends, Aung Thein said.

Another member of Suu Kyi’s legal team, Nyan Win, told Mizzima: “They [the Burmese ruling junta] detained her [Suu Kyi, even though] she is not guilty. What is the role of law and order in our country? We hoped that they would correct their mistakes, but they’ve repeated them. So we felt very upset.”

Nevertheless, party members from Kachin, Arakan, Shan and Karen states yesterday went to party headquarters in Bahan Township, Rangoon, to decorate her office, in what they said was out of hope she would be released Saturday.

“Today, there were many party members from rural areas at party headquarters. They came … to meet her when she is released. Her office is also ready to be occupied,” NLD co-founder Win Tin said yesterday.

Suu Kyi was sentenced to 18 months of house arrest after she was accused of breaking the terms of her house arrest when US citizen John Yettaw swam uninvited across Inya Lake, Rangoon to visit her. The sentence is due to end tomorrow.

She has spent 15 of the last 21 years under house arrest.

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 November 2010 02:01 )  

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