Friday, 13 November 2009 21:39
Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The High Court today accepted the revision case application filed by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyers.
The lawyers filed an appeal case against the lower court’s verdict for Suu Kyi, who is serving one and-a-half years suspended sentence at her home, but the Divisional Court dismissed the appeal on October 2, so they filed a revision case at the High Court today.
“We filed our application for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s revision case at the High Court today at about 10:30 a.m. The court accepted our application and gave us the case reference number — 600(b),” lawyer Kyi Win told Mizzima.
In the application, the lawyers pointed out that the 1974 constitution is no longer in existence and not in force anymore. So the verdict based on this constitution is inappropriate, Kyi Win said.
“The 1974 constitution is no longer in existence since 1988. How can it be in accordance with the law by imposing an internment order against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi by using a provision of this constitution? Using the dead constitution is unlawful,” he said.
The Rangoon North District Court sitting inside Insein prison sentenced Suu Kyi to three years in prison on August 11 this year for violating her house arrest terms. But the junta supremo Senior General Than Shwe by an executive order reduced her sentence to half to be served at her home.
Suu Kyi was tried for allowing an uninvited guest, an American John William Yettaw, who swam across Inya Lake and entered her house, according to him, to warn her of the danger of being assassinated. The incident coincided with the conclusion of her house arrest term due in a few days. But the junta released John Yettaw on humanitarian grounds.