Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi Allowed to Meet with Lawyers

VOA News

Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyer says Burmese military authorities allowed the detained opposition leader to meet with her lawyers for two hours Saturday in Rangoon’s notorious Insein prison, apparently to prepare for final arguments in her trial.

Attorney Kyi Win told VOA Burmese Service that the Nobel peace laureate is in good health.

A spokesman for the National League for Democracy, Nyan Win, told VOA Burmese Service Friday that Aung San Suu Kyi is suffering from severe leg cramps, which keep her awake at night.

Burma’s military government said last week that she receives good medical care in prison.

Nyan Win also said the court has postponed final arguments in Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial from next Monday to next Friday. He said no reasons were given for the delay.

Aung San Suu Kyi is on trial for allegedly violating the terms of her house arrest. Continue reading “Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi Allowed to Meet with Lawyers”

Suu Kyi meets with lawyers, discuss closing arguments in trail

Yangon – Myanmar’s opposition leader currently on trial for allegedly breaking the terms of her house arrest met with her lawyers Saturday, one of her three lawyers said. They met to discuss closing arguments with the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate for about two hours at Insein Prison on the outskirts Yangon, said Nyan Win, one of her lawyers.
Nyan Win, who is also spokesman for the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), which Suu Kyi leads, said final arguments by both the defence and prosecution are now scheduled for next Friday, having been pushed back from Monday.
The democracy advocate was moved to Insein Prison on May 8 to stand trial for allegedly allowing a US national to swim on May 3 to her home-cum-prison on Yangon’s Inya Lake. He departed on the night of May 5.
Suu Kyi has spent 14 of the past 20 years under house arrest in a country ruled by a military junta continually criticized for human rights abuses. She now faces another three to five years in jail if found guilty of breaking the terms of her latest, six-year detention.
Western leaders have criticized the current trial as a show trial that is designed to keep Suu Kyi out of the political scene while the junta stages a general election next year.
Some of Myanmar’s close allies in the Association of South-East Asian Nations have also raised concerns that the frail pro-democracy leader might face five more years of imprisonment, perhaps in Insein Prison, which is notorious for harsh treatment of inmates.
Suu Kyi, her two household aides and US national John William Yettaw stand accused of breaking Suu Kyi’s terms of house arrest as a result of Yettaw’s swim to her home.


Breaking News:Danok pagoda -Ancient Burma pagoda collapses

An ancient pagoda collapsed close to Burma’s main city of Yangon Saturday injuring more than 30 people, most of whom were soldiers working on reconstruction of the site, police told AFP.

A police officer said it was not known why the Danok pagoda in Dalla township, sat across a river from Yangon, had fallen suddenly in the afternoon, but the collapse came after two days of heavy rains.

“The volunteers are trying to help those still trapped underneath the collapsed pagoda. So far more than 30 people are injured,” the officer told AFP.

“Many soldiers were injured as they were working on the pagoda construction,” he said.

Military, navy, police, fire brigade and local Red Cross members were stationed at a nearby jetty to help ferry the wounded to hospital.

Yangon General Hospital confirmed 26 injured people had arrived from the pagoda for treatment, but did not elaborate on their injuries.

The tiered tower was recently the site of a religious ceremony led by the wife of Burma’s top leader, Than Shwe.

Kyaing Kyaing led the May 7 ceremony, hoisting a diamond orb to the top of the pagoda, situated about 30 kilometres (19 miles) from western Yangon.

Danok Pagoda, famous in Burma because it is enshrined with two sacred Buddhist relics, was damaged during Cyclone Nargis in May last year and was recently undergoing reconstruction.

Burma, which has been ruled by the military since 1962, is a predominantly Buddhist country and many pagodas can be seen around the country.

Watch out Than Shwe bad sign for you
7651-220090531_Danote Pagoda Mishap-1

Suu Kyi bears no grudge against American intruder

Myanmar’s detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi harbors no ill feelings toward an American whose uninvited intrusion into her house may put her behind bars for five years, her lawyer said Saturday.

The country’s military regime has accused her of violating the terms of her house arrest for sheltering American John W. Yettaw after he swam to her lakeside residence in early May.

“Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said she bore no grudge against Mr. Yettaw or his family,” her defense lawyer Nyan Win told reporters after meeting her for 2 1/2 hours to prepare for the defense’s final arguments. Daw is a term of respect for Myanmar women.

Some of Suu Kyi’s supporters have called Yettaw a fool or dupe for getting her into trouble.

Nyan Win said that Suu Kyi’s health was improving following reports Friday that she needed urgent medical attention in the prison where she is being held.


20 Jul 1989

SLORC placed Daw Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest and barred her from running in the May 1990 elections.

10 Jul 1995

SLORC released Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest.

21 Sep 2000

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other NLD leaders attempted to travel to Mandalay by train. SPDC authorities placed Daw Suu under house arrest again.

6 May 2002

SPDC released Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

30 May 2003

The regime detained Daw Aung San Suu Kyi following the Depayin massacre.

27 May 2008

SPDC extended Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest by another year. Under the 1975 State Protection Law, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi should have been freed, because her five-year detention period, extended annually, ended.

6 Jun 2008

SPDC released a statement arguing that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi could be detained up to 27 November 2009 under the 1975 State Protection Law.

16 Mar 2009

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention made public its November 2008 opinion, which stated that the detention of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is illegal under the SPDC law.

14 May 2009

SPDC authorities transferred Daw Aung Suu Kyi to Insein prison to face trial for allegedly violating the conditions of her house arrest following the 3 May intrusion of an American man, John Yettaw, into her compound.

26 May 2009

SPDC formally ended Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s six-year house arrest – but she remained detained in Insein prison to face charges of violating the terms of her house arrest.