Myanmar court rejects Suu Kyi appeal

The court source, who asked not to be identified, said the judge dismissed an appeal by Suu Kyi's legal team.

Myanmar court rejects Suu Kyi appeal
A court in army-ruled Myanmar upheld its guilty verdict on opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday, a legal source said, a ruling likely to keep the woman in detention until after next year's elections.

The court source, who asked not to be identified, said the judge dismissed an appeal by Suu Kyi's legal team, which argued that her 18-month house arrest for a security breach was unlawful because it was based on legislation no longer in use.

Prior to the hearing, lawyer Nyan Win, said the National League for Democracy (NLD) party leader would continue to fight for her freedom, whatever the outcome.

"We have done our best to prove her innocence," Nyan Win told Reuters. "If she is not acquitted, we are prepared to make another appeal at the Supreme Court."

Suu Kyi was found guilty in August of breaking a law protecting the state from "subversive elements" when, while under house arrest, she allowed an American intruder to stay at her lakeside home for two nights.

However, even if Suu Kyi were freed, she would be prevented from running for office because of her marriage to a foreigner, the late British academic, Michael Aris.

The daughter of Myanmar independence hero Aung San has spent 14 of the last 20 years in some form of detention at the behest of the military, which has ruled the former British colony for almost five decades.

Suu Kyi last week offered to help the junta to negotiate an end to crippling sanctions on the country, which critics say have been ineffective and have hurt the Burmese people rather than the generals.


Reuters
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