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.

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