Legally Suu Kyi is innocent: Defence lawyer

by Mungpi
Tuesday, 28 July 2009 20:07

New Delhi (Mizzima) – The over two-month long trial of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi points to her innocence, legally and the verdict to be pronounced on Friday will put to acid test the rule of law in the military-ruled country, her lawyer said on Tuesday.

Nyan Win, one of Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyers told Mizzima after the arguments put forward by the defence on Tuesday that testimonies of the witnesses, arguments of lawyers of both the defence and the prosecution have all proved that the Burmese pro-democracy leader is innocent.

“As far as I have analysed the trial, legally there is no evidence to convict her [Aung San Suu Kyi,” said Nyan Win, adding that it would surprise him and the other members of the defence team if the verdict pronounces her guilty.

On Tuesday Nyan Win submitted his clarification on the prosecution’s arguments stating that there are no grounds to charge the Nobel Peace Laureate and the charges filed by the prosecution are not valid as the 1974 constitution is no more in effect.

Fellow party member and one of the spokesperson of the National League for Democracy, Ohn Kyaing told Mizzima earlier that he believed legally there is no ground to charge and convict the Burmese democracy icon but expressed concern that the court might not independently take a decision. Continue reading “Legally Suu Kyi is innocent: Defence lawyer”

Burmese Migrant worker sentenced to life in Thai prison

Tue 28 Jul 2009, IMNA
On July 27th, a judge from the Lan Suan court sentenced a Burmese migrant worker to life in prison. The trail began in 2007 after the migrant worker was accused, with two other suspects, of murdering a father and his two daughters.

On February 17th, 2007, a Burmese family was assaulted and murdered in Lamae village in Lan Suan district. The father, a Burmese migrant worker, Nai Toi, was shot in front of his home, and his two daughters, 8 and 12 years old, were stabbed to death. Nai Toi’s wife, Daw Khine, was badly injured and sent to the Lamae village hospital. Nai Toi and his family had been working at the Lamae rubber plantation for 5 years.

The migrant worker sentenced to life, Nai Chai, 26 years-old, and two other workers, Nai Maug Thu, 23 years-old and Kyaw Thu Soe, 20 years-old, were working near the rubber plantation that employed Nai Toi and his family. The three were arrested on February 18th by the Chonphon police. They were accused of having committed the murders, and have been held at the Lamae police station since 2007. They are from Thanphyuzayar township in Mon state and had been working in Thailand without ID’s. Continue reading “Burmese Migrant worker sentenced to life in Thai prison”

Aung San Suu Kyi on “UN resolutions on Burma”

Aung San Suu Kyi on “UN resolutions on Burma”

Since 1992, the United Nations General Assembly has been passing resolutions on the human rights situation in Burma. But resolutions are not enough. Resolutions should be implemented. We think it is time that the international community took a greater interest in getting the terms of the resolutions implemented.

(Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s Elected Legitimate Leader)

In honour of Burma’s Legitimate Leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s 64th Birthday, Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) will recall Aung San Suu Kyi’s dictum for 64 days.

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) is the global campaigning and lobbying organisation to restore democracy, human rights and rule of law in Burma where everyone can enjoy freedom of speech, press, beliefs, assembly and rule of law that emphasizes the protection of individual rights.

For more information please visit

1. http://www.bdcburma.org (Burma Democratic Concern)

In the wake of the 1988 crackdown, the regime feared that the US, or a coalition of countries led by the US or UN, planned to invade Burma and restore democratic rule

Burma’s continuing fear of invasion
By Guest Blogger – 28 Mai 2008 11:09
Guest blogger: Andrew Selth, Research Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute

Even before 1988, when the armed forces crushed a massive pro-democracy uprising and took back direct political power, Burma’s military government feared an invasion of the country. In those days, the greatest danger was seen to emanate from China, but over the past 20 years the US and EU have been viewed as Burma’s greatest military threat. Even the UN is distrusted.

In the wake of the 1988 crackdown, the regime feared that the US, or a coalition of countries led by the US or UN, planned to invade Burma and restore democratic rule. A US fleet stationed offshore to evacuate US nationals was seen as a possible invasion force. This fear was renewed by the strong international reaction to the regime’s refusal to hand over power to the government elected in 1990. Perceptions of an external threat were strengthened by the measures taken by the US, EU and a range of other countries in the years that followed. The various economic sanctions levelled against Burma, for example, were seen as part of an effort to weaken the regime and prepare the ground for forcible regime change. In response, the regime implemented a range of countermeasures, including an ambitious program to expand and modernise Burma’s armed forces.

Around 2000, fears of direct military action against Burma seemed to fade, but the regime remained convinced — with some justification — that powerful members of the international community were determined to bring it down. Continued criticism of the military government in multilateral fora like the UN, and links made between Burma and rogue regimes like Iraq and North Korea in speeches by President Bush, seemed to presage external intervention. Along with these countries, Condoleezza Rice labelled Burma ‘an outpost of tyranny’ to which the US must help bring freedom Continue reading “In the wake of the 1988 crackdown, the regime feared that the US, or a coalition of countries led by the US or UN, planned to invade Burma and restore democratic rule”

Junta -Thailand PM’s Burma visit postponed

PM’s Burma visit postponed
Writer: BangkokPost.com
Published: 28/07/2009 at 06:24 PM
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s official visit to Burma, earlier scheduled for Friday, July 31, has been postponed for two or three week at Burma’s request, said PM’s deputy secretary-general Panithan Watthanayakorn on Tuesday.

The request was made by the Burmese ambassador to Thailand, citing weather and internal politics as the reasons, he said.

Mr Panithan said the postponement has nothing to do with the fact that the Burma issue was raised for discussion at the recent Asean meetings in Phuket.

In another development, Mr Abhisit will on Wednesday hold a meeting with leaders of coaltion parties to discuss about the government’s six-month achievements and a report from the committee on national reconciliation, political reform and constitutional amendments.

I think they don,t want him to be in Burma 31.July,on Daw Aung San Suu,s verdict.

The French news agency quotes court officials as saying the sentencing, if she is found guilty, is expected on the same day as the verdict.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Trial Ends, Verdict Expected Friday
By VOA News
28 July 2009
Officials say the trial of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on charges of violating the terms of her house arrest has ended, with the court announcing it will deliver its verdict Friday.

If convicted, the Nobel peace laureate could be sent to prison for five years. The French news agency quotes court officials as saying the sentencing, if she is found guilty, is expected on the same day as the verdict.

Prosecutors for Burma’s military government made their final arguments Monday and lawyers for Aung San Suu Kyi, her two domestic helpers and American John Yettaw replied to the prosecution’s closing arguments in Tuesday’s session.

Defense lawyer Nyan Win told VOA Burmese service that despite nearly four hours of closing arguments Monday, the prosecution’s case seemed “legally weak.”

Prosecutors accuse Aung San Suu Kyi of violating the terms of her house arrest in May by allowing American John Yettaw to rest at her home after he swam there uninvited.

Diplomats from the United States, Japan, Singapore and Thailand were allowed to attend the trial Tuesday.

A researcher for the human rights group Amnesty International says the trial has not been free or fair. Benjamin Zawacki says Aung San Suu Kyi should not have been detained in the first place.

The 64-year-old peace and democracy activist has spent 14 of the past 20 years under house arrest.

Amnesty International awarded its highest honor to Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday.

The Ambassador of Conscience Award was formally announced at a concert by the band U2 in Dublin Monday by lead singer Bono, an award winner himself.