Sunday, May 31, 2009

အေမစုကို ေျဖးေျဖးခ်င္း သတ္ေနၾကတယ္။ Burmese opposition leader Suu Kyi needs urgent medical care

Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader, urgently needs medical attention in the prison where she is being held during her trial, her party said on Friday.
Last Updated: 8:29PM BST 29 May 2009

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's detained opposition leader, urgently needs medical attention in the prison where she is being held during her trial

A party statement said it was "gravely concerned" about the Nobel Peace Prize laureate's health, saying she cannot sleep well because she suffers from leg cramps.

Suu Kyi, 63, was treated for dehydration and low blood pressure in early May, a few days after an American intruder was arrested for sneaking into her home. The military government has accused her of violating the terms of her house arrest for harbouring the John Yettaw, the 53-year-old Vietnam veteran who this week testified that he had been "sent by God" to warn her of a plot to kill her. If found guilty, Mrs Suu Kyi could spend up to five years in prison.

Closing arguments in the trial have been rescheduled from next Monday to the following Friday, said Nyan Win, one of Mrs Suu Kyi's lawyers.

Burma's foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday that Mrs Suu Kyi, who is being held in a prison "guest house," is being "provided with adequate health care and she is in good health." The government earlier said a team of doctors was taking care of her.

The trial has drawn outrage from the international community and Mrs Suu Kyi's local supporters, who worry that the military junta is using the American intruder an excuse to keep her detained through next year's elections. Her party overwhelmingly won the last elections in 1990 but was not allowed to take power by the military, which has run the country since 1962.

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