Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Verdict expected Friday in Suu Kyi trial

A ruling is expected Friday morning in the rebel trial Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, court orders, officials said.
Verdict expected Friday in Suu Kyi trial
All lawyers involved in the case completed closing arguments in the case Tuesday.
Suu Kyi, and two of her housekeepers will be tried on charges stemming from a May 3 incident. That day, an American, John William Yettaw, allegedly swam across a lake by her home and stayed for two days.

The government said Yettaw presence in closely guarded home violated Suu Kyi under house arrest. Its regime rarely lets her visitors, and foreigners are not allowed in local households without government permission.

Suu Kyi says she does not know Yettaw, did not know about his plans and denies any wrongdoing. She is accused of subversion. If convicted, Suu Kyi could face up to five years in prison.

Yettaw, a 53-year-old former military serv iceman from Falcon, Missouri, testified repeatedly that God had sent him to Myanmar in order to protect Suu Kyi since dreamed that a terrorist group wanted to assassinate her.

He is accused of violating immigration laws and access. The costs carry a maximum five years imprisonment.

A lawyer appointed by the U.S. embassy representing him.

Suu Kyi has been held in Insein Prison since May. Regime refused a request from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to visit her, but she was allowed to talk with her attorneys before the closing argument to go over 23 pages of closing arguments.

Suu Kyi, the iconic towards democracy in Myanmar, was placed under house arrest in 1989. Next year, the National League for Democracy won more than 80 percent of legislative seats in the first free elections in the country for nearly 30 years. But Myanmar's military junta Suu Kyi is excluded from service because of her house arrest and annulled the election results.

Her supporters say Suu Kyi's latest arrest intended to keep her confined so that she can not participate in the elections that the Junta has planned for next year.
Source: CNN.com

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