Suu Kyi Trial Shows Signs of Winding Down


The trial of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi resumed briefly in Yangon, with final arguments set for later in the month, signaling a possible end in sight for the high-profile legal case.

Ms. Suu Kyi is accused of violating the terms of her government-imposed house arrest by allowing an American well-wisher to visit her lakeside home in Yangon in early May. The trial was put on hold several weeks ago, as Myanmar authorities considered appeals by her lawyers to allow more witnesses to testify on her behalf. In the end, the authorities agreed to allow one more — a lawyer and member of Ms. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party — on top of another witness that testified earlier, but they denied other potential witnesses. Some 14 witnesses testified earlier for the prosecution. Continue reading “Suu Kyi Trial Shows Signs of Winding Down”

Second victim of H1N1 hospitalized in Rangoon

Fri 10 Jul 2009, IMNA, Kon Chan
Another carrier of the flu virus H1N1, commonly known as ‘Swine Flu’, has been detected in Rangoon, and officially announced by the Burmese government television last night.

The victim, a 20-year old man, arrived in Rangoon International Airport from Thailand on July 6. By July 7th he had become seriously ill, and was sent to Way Bar Gi hospital in North Okkalapa, Rangoon. Although the Burmese government has been testing travelers as they arrive at the airport, they failed to detect any symptoms on July 6th. The man is currently recovering, reported Burmese state-television.

The Rangoon Health Department has been testing the passengers and staff from flights on which the man infected with H1N1 had traveled, however thus far there has been no report that the H1N1 has infected any of the other travelers.

Earlier in June, a girl 13-year-old girl who was returning from Singapore was found to be infected with the H1N1 virus. Continue reading “Second victim of H1N1 hospitalized in Rangoon”

Burmese army takes aim remaining Karen troops in Three Pagoda Pass Township

Fri 10 Jul 2009, IMNA,
After heavy fighting the Burmese government forces are now advancing with the intention of routing the Karen insurgent forces from the border area of Three Pagoda Pass Township. Karen villagers flee in the wake of the Burmese military advance.

Armed forces from the Burmese State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) is planning to rout the Karen National Union’s (KNU) armed forces, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), from the Three Pagoda Pass (TPP) area, according to sources from the KNLA army groups.

After SPDC and Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) success in seizing the headquarters of the KNLA Brigade 7 in June, the Burmese/DKBA combined force will press its offensive against the KNLA Brigade 6, according to sources from the KNU and the Karen Peace Force (KPF) in Three Pagoda Pass.

“The Burmese army will route us; they will cooperate with the KPF and the DKBA and will fight us near Three Pagoda Pass,“ said a source from the KNU.

This June on 26, the Military Operation Management Command (MOMC) No. 19 began marching a portion of its battalions to Makate and TPP. Four Light Infantry Battalions (LIB) No. 282, No. 283, No. 284 and No. 356 arrived in Makate, while LIB No. 356 pushed on to station itself near TPP town.

On July 8th the DKBA engaged the KNU at Makate, where its rumored two DKBA soldiers were killed while the KNU sustained no casualties, though these reports cannot be confirmed by IMNA.
Continue reading “Burmese army takes aim remaining Karen troops in Three Pagoda Pass Township”

Misinformation circulated on Suu Kyi’s trial-Nyan Win also said the court has fixed July 24

Misinformation circulated on Suu Kyi’s trial
by Mizzima News
Friday, 10 July 2009 21:26

New Delhi (mizzima) – In a bid to disperse the crowd assembled outside the Insein prison in Rangoon, authorities spread false information that the court hearing of a defence witness in the trial of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was adjourned and that the court has fixed the next hearing on July 17.

Nyan Win, member of Aung San Suu Kyi’s legal team, told Mizzima that the information was false. It was spread in order to keep at bay members of the National League for Democracy and its supporters, who crowded outside the Insein prison.

“I think the news was spread by those who are against us, in order to send away the waiting crowd outside the prison,” said Nyan Win adding that the court session went on for about seven hours.

Nyan Win also said the court has fixed July 24 for the hearing of the final argument from lawyers of both sides refuting the wrong date of July 17 rumored earlier in the day.

Nyan Win said on Friday that the district court in Insein prison heard the testimony of the second witness, Daw Khin Moe Moe, who is also a lawyer by profession and member of the National League for Democracy.

“The court adjourned at 5 p.m. (local time). Daw Khin Moe Moe testified. She was also cross examined by the prosecution lawyer,” Nyan Win said.

Meanwhile, at least 80 NLD members including veteran journalist Win Tin and supporters crowded outside Insein prison waiting for the trial. Mingling with the crowd, were riot police personnel and soldiers.

But after being told that the court session had been adjourned, that witness, Khin Moe Moe, did not testify and the next hearing had been fixed for July 17, supporters dispersed in the afternoon.

Continue reading “Misinformation circulated on Suu Kyi’s trial-Nyan Win also said the court has fixed July 24”

U Gambira,detained leading Monk of Saffron Revolution unable to speak…

ဆရာေတာ္ ဦးဂမႝီရ စကားေကာင္းစၾာ မေဴပာႎိုင္ပဲဴဖစ္ေန

ေထာင္ဒဏ္ႎႀစ္ရႀည္ ခဵမႀတ္ခံထားရ႓ပီး၊ ႓ပီးခဲ့တဲ့လကမႀ စစ္ကိုင္းတိုင္း ကေလးအကဵဥ္းေထာင္ကို ေထာင္ေဴပာင္း ပိုႛလိုက္တဲ့ သံဃာ့တပ္ေပၝင္းစု ေခၝင္းေဆာင္ ဆရာေတာ္ ဦးဂမႝီရဟာ အရင္ ခႎၩီးေထာင္မႀာ ေနခဲ့ရတုန္းက ႎႀိပ္စက္ခံထားရတဲ့ ဒဏ္ေတၾေဳကာင့္ စကားေကာင္းေကာင္း မေဴပာႎိုင္ေသးဘူးလိုႛ မဳကာခင္ကမႀ ေထာင္ဝင္စာေတၾႚ႓ပီး ဴပန္လာတဲ့ ဆရာေတာ္ရဲ့ မယ္ေတာ္ ေဒၞေရးက RFAကို ေဴပာဴပပၝတယ္။

Suu Kyi’s Long Friday


The Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi spent over six hours in court during her trial on Friday as government prosecutors questioned a defense witness, according to Suu Kyi’s lawyer.

“The trial started at 10 am, broke for one-hour from 12 pm to 1 pm, and then continued from 1 pm until 5 pm—it was long trial,” said Nyan Win, a lawyer for Suu Kyi.
Nyan Win said most of the trial on Friday was spent by prosecutors and defense lawyers arguing over whether Law Section 22 charging Suu Kyi was still in effect. Section 22 was enacted under the 1974 constitution, but the constitution was abolished by the current regime after the coup in September 1988.
Section 22 of the law safeguards the state against the dangers of those desiring to cause subversive acts. Suu Kyi has been charged under this section by Burmese authorities for allowing the American intruder John W.Yettaw to stay at her house while she was under house arrest.

“Prosecutors argued that the law is still effective. But we denied this was the case because the 1974 constitution was abolished in 1988,” Nyan Win said.

The defense witness, Khin Moe Moe, who is also a lawyer, testified at the court today in relation to Section 22.

Suu Kyi has only been allowed one defense witness in the case, as Win Tin and Tin Oo, who are leaders of the National League for Democracy, were banned from testifying.

According Nyan Win, the court has set July 24 for hearing final arguments in the case.

If she is found guilty, Suu Kyi could face up to five years imprisonment.

Burmese observers say the junta is prosecuting Suu Kyi to show the world that they will not tolerate any outside interference.
irrawaddy org

John Yettaw Admitted to Prison Hospital

John William Yettaw, the American accused of unlawfully seeking refuge in Aung San Suu Kyi’s home, has been admitted to hospital in Rangoon’s Insein Prison after declining food for 49 days, according to his lawyer, Khin Maung Oo.

The lawyer told The Irrawaddy on Thursday that Yettaw is being fed intravenously. He said the 53-year-old American, a Mormon, had existed for seven weeks on only water for religious reasons.

Khin Maung Oo said Yettaw told him the Bible had instructed him to travel to Rangoon to protect Suu Kyi from assassination. He had had a vision of Suu Kyi’s home, the lawyer said.

Yettaw has been charged with violating Burma’s security and immigration laws after he allegedly swim across Inya Lake and entered Suu Kyi’s house in May. If convicted, he faces a sentence of between six months and five years imprisonment.

Khin Maung Oo said that when Suu Kyi discovered Yettaw outside her home she told him to respect and comply with the rule of law in Burma. “She gave him refuge because he was very weak when she found him,” the lawyer said. Yettaw suffers from diabetes.
Khin Maung Oo said Yettaw had acted without financial or political backing. He was a devout Mormon, guided by his Bible.

Yettaw’s wife Yvonne told the US magazine Newsweek that her husband apparently suffered from untreated bipolar and posttraumatic stress disorders and regarded himself as a man sent by God to protect foreign leaders whom he esteemed. Continue reading “John Yettaw Admitted to Prison Hospital”

“Today the only witness was Khin Moe Moe who testified in the morning and afternoon session. She argued with the prosecution lawyer about the 1974 constitution,”

YANGON: Myanmar on Friday resumed its trial of Aung San Suu Kyi after a six-week adjournment and a week after a failed bid by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to see the Nobel peace laureate, officials said.
The court at the notorious Insein prison in Yangon heard from legal expert Khin Moe Moe, a rare witness for the defence, after a ban on her testimony was overturned last month, one of Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyers, Nyan Win, said.
“Today the only witness was Khin Moe Moe who testified in the morning and afternoon session. She argued with the prosecution lawyer about the 1974 constitution,” Nyan Win said.
The defence argued that Aung San Suu Kyi is being prosecuted under invalid laws as they say the 1974 constitution was usurped by the military coup that took place in 1988.
Friday’s prison court hearings wrapped up at 5pm (1030 GMT) with the next session scheduled for two weeks’ time.
“The next trial date will be July 24th,” a Myanmar official confirmed.
Aung San Suu Kyi faces up to five years in jail on charges of breaching the conditions of her house arrest after a bizarre incident in which US national John Yettaw swam to her lakeside home in May.
Ban met Senior General Than Shwe in Myanmar a week ago to press the head of the ruling junta to free political prisoners, including the 64-year-old opposition leader.
But the UN chief failed to secure any concessions from the government and was not allowed to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi, leading human rights groups to describe the trip as a failure.
The court initially banned three of four witnesses called to testify for the defence, later overturning the ban on Khin Moe Moe.
The prosecution has so far called 14 witnesses, fuelling opposition and international claims that the hearings are a show trial designed to keep Aung San Suu Kyi locked up ahead of elections scheduled for 2010.
Before Friday, the court had not heard from any witnesses since late May while Yangon’s higher courts heard appeals from Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyers to overturn bans on its witnesses.
The two witnesses barred from appearing are Win Tin, a dissident journalist who was Myanmar’s longest serving prisoner until his release in September, and Tin Oo, the detained deputy leader of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD).
Another legal expert has already testified on behalf of Aung San Suu Kyi.
The Nobel laureate has spent 13 of the past 19 years in detention since the regime refused to recognise the NLD’s landslide victory in the country’s last democratic polls in 1990.