A lawyer for Burma’s opposition leader says she never discussed anything sensitive with the American whose unwanted visit brought her 18 more months under house arrest.
BANGKOK—Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi wants more security around her home, after she was sentenced to 18 more months under house arrest for letting an unwanted visitor into the lakeside compound, her lawyer said.
Nyan Win, who represented the Nobel peace laureate at her trial for allowing an American, John Yettaw, into her home, also expressed puzzlement at Yettaw’s statement that he and Aung San Suu Kyi had held confidential discussions and that she was “ecstatic” to see him.
“Aung San Suu Kyi never discussed anything with Yettaw except to repeatedly urge him to return home to his family,” Nyan Win said in a telephone interview, adding that he had discussed the issue with Aung San Suu Kyi ahead of her trial and that no such conversation with Yettaw had occurred.
Yettaw’s comments in a broadcast interview with CNN were “out of sync” with statements he made during his testimony, Nyan Win said, calling them “false” and saying that they created “a lot of
“Aung San Suu Kyi has requested security upgrades to her compound to protect it from unwanted entry,” he said. “Her concern was brought on by Yettaw’s visit.”
In his CNN interview, Yettaw—who was sentenced to seven years’ hard labor but released and sent home last week—said Aung San Suu Kyi was “ecstatic that I was there, but at the same time extremely frightened.”
He went on to call the situation “delicate” and said he didn’t want to “share details because by virtue of confidentiality and out of respect, I told her I would never discuss what we discussed.”
Nyan Win also said Aung San Suu Kyi was “wrongly sentenced” and her legal team would appeal. “The draft is nearly done. We will meet with her [Thursday], perhaps in the afternoon, to discuss the draft,” he said. Continue reading “NLD Leader Wants More Security”
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