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    Burma denies Suu Kyi appeal court access: Verdict October

    Burma denies Suu Kyi appeal court access: party

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    Burma authorities have barred pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from attending court this week to hear the final arguments in her appeal against her house arrest, her party said Wednesday.



    File photo of Burma democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been refused permission by the Burma authorities to attend court this week when it hears final arguments in the opposition leader's appeal against her house arrest, her party said Wednesday.

    The Nobel laureate was convicted on August 11 of breaching security laws after an American swam to her house and sentenced to three years' hard labour. Junta leader Than Shwe reduced the sentence to 18 months house arrest.

    The 64-year-old opposition icon appealed against the verdict earlier this month and lawyers for both the military government and her defence are due to make submissions to a court in the commercial hub Rangoon on Friday.
    "We applied to the police special information branch for her to attend court on Friday because Daw Suu wanted to hear the arguments for her appeal," Nyan Win, the spokesman for her National League for Democracy (NLD), told AFP.
    "They refused it saying that it was not their concern. I told them that it was their concern as they detained her, they did not say anything after that," added Nyan Win, who is also one of her main lawyers.

    Suu Kyi had not yet been informed that she would be barred from the hearing, he said.

    The guilty verdict sparked international outrage and the imposition of further sanctions against Burma's powerful generals, who have already kept the frail Suu Kyi locked up for 14 of the past 20 years.
    The extension of her house arrest keeps her off the scene for elections promised by the regime some time in 2010, adding to widespread criticism that the polls are a sham designed to legitimise the junta's grip on power.

    The NLD won the country's last elections in 1990 but was never allowed to take power by the military, which has ruled the country since 1962.
    Nyan Win said the refusal to allow Suu Kyi to attend her own appeal hearing was "not justice", adding: "This is also a sign of how they handle the case in terms of balance and fairness."
    Her lawyers have said the appeal would focus on the fact that a 1974 constitution under which she was originally detained had been superseded by a new constitution approved last year.
    Her legal team had fully prepared their arguments for Friday, he added.

    Eccentric US national John Yettaw was sentenced to seven years' hard labour at the same trial for swimming uninvited to her lakeside house in May, but the regime freed him last month after a visit by US Senator Jim Webb.

    Suu Kyi insisted on her innocence during the trial held at Rangoon's notorious Insein Prison, saying that she allowed military veteran Yettaw to stay for two nights at her home because he was ill.
    The move raised expectations of a possible thaw in the tense relations between Burma and the United States, which has reviewed its policies towards the country under the administration of President Barack Obama.

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    Re: Burma denies Suu Kyi appeal court access: Verdict October

    Aung San Suu Kyi to hear appeal result in October
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    A court in junta-run Burma will rule next month on opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's appeal against her extended house arrest, an official said Friday, after lawyers gave their final arguments.

    A Burma national holds a portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration in front of the Burma Embassy in Tokyo. A court in junta-run Burma will rule next month on opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's appeal against her extended house arrest, an official said, after lawyers gave their final arguments.

    The judges will give their decision on October 2 on whether to uphold the Nobel Peace laureate's conviction for breaching security laws following an incident in May in which an American man swam uninvited to her house.

    The 64-year-old pro-democracy icon was found guilty of violating the terms of her detention on Aug 11 and sentenced to three years' hard labour, but junta chief Than Shwe cut the term to 18 months' house arrest.

    Government and defence lawyers made their closing submissions to the Rangoon divisional court on Friday after her legal team filed an appeal earlier this month.

    Suu Kyi was denied permission to attend the hearing.

    "The final arguments have finished. The court set a date on Oct 2 at 10am for the judgment," a Burma official said on condition of anonymity.

    Suu Kyi's lawyers were not immediately available for comment after the hearing.

    But Nyan Win, who is one of her main lawyers and also the spokesman for Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, told AFP before Friday's court session that they were "confident" they would win.

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    Re: Burma denies Suu Kyi appeal court access: Verdict October

    Suu Kyi's appeal against conviction rejected: lawyers
    October 2, 2009 - 3:59PM

    Judges in Myanmar rejected an appeal by pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi Friday against her extended house arrest, lawyers and officials said.

    A divisional court in Yangon upheld the Nobel Laureate's conviction, delivered in August, over a bizarre incident in which an American man swam uninvited to her home, earning her an extra 18 months in detention.

    "The appeal was rejected but we will take it to the high court," said Suu Kyi's lawyer and the spokesman for her National League for Democracy (NLD) party, Nyan Win, after the hearing.

    A Myanmar official, speaking on condition of anonymity, also told AFP that the appeal was unsuccessful but did not give further details.

    In August a court at Yangon's notorious Insein prison originally sentenced the frail 64-year-old to three years' hard labour but junta chief Than Shwe reduced that to 18 months' house arrest.

    Two female assistants living with Suu Kyi received the same sentence and also had appeals against their rulings rejected Friday.

    John Yettaw, the eccentric American who triggered the debacle by swimming to her lakeside mansion in May, was sentenced to seven years' hard labour, but the regime freed him following a visit by US Senator Jim Webb.

    Military-ruled Myanmar has faced intense international pressure to free Suu Kyi, who has been detained for 14 of the past 20 years and was not present at Friday's hearing.

    The United States pressed for her release when it held the highest-level talks with Myanmar in nearly ten years on Wednesday.

    Suu Kyi's extended house arrest now keeps her off the scene for elections promised by the regime for 2010, adding to widespread criticism that the polls are a sham designed to legitimise the junta's grip on power.

    The NLD won the country's last elections in 1990 by a landslide, which the ruling generals refused to acknowledge.

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    Re: Burma denies Suu Kyi appeal court access: Verdict October

    Appeal rejected? Well, there is a surprise!
    But it is another shot in the foot for the Junta-no one-not even the Junta's American friends-can honestly call the forthcoming elections anything more than a sham.

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    Suu Kyi Meets Military leader

    leader Aung San Suu Kyi has met a member of the country's ruling military government for the first time since early 2008.

    Ms Suu Kyi, who is under renewed house arrest in Rangoon, met labour minister Aung Kyi, her lawyer said.

    The meeting came one day after a court rejected her appeal against her 18 month sentence.

    There was no official word on what they discussed, but Ms Suu Kyi has offered to help negotiate an end to sanctions.

    Aung Kyi has met Ms Suu Kyi on six previous occasions, the last time in January 2008.

    "The meeting lasted about 50 minutes, but I don't know what was discussed," a home ministry official told Reuters news agency.

    Negotiations hope

    Nyan Win, her lawyer and an official from her opposition party, the National League for Democracy, said: "I don't know what they discussed, but I believe it could be related to the letter sent last week to the senior general [Than Shwe].

    Ms Suu Kyi recently made a formal offer to the military rulers to help negotiate an end to international sanctions.

    Reports suggest she has softened her views on sanctions in recent times, concluding that they are adversely affecting the lives of ordinary Burmese.

    Earlier in the week a senior US official confirmed he had met a Burmese government minister in New York - the first such contact in more than 10 years.

    That came after the US announced a new policy on Burma, which consists of a mix of sanctions and dialogue.

    Aung San Suu Kyi's party won Burma's last elections in 1990 but was never allowed to take power.

    Observers believe Burma's military authorities want to keep the pro-democracy leader in detention until after polls scheduled for next year.

    BBC 3 October

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