Sunday, May 17, 2009

Law came from Than Shwe Mouth and there's no law at all , Burma bars lawyer from Aung San Suu Kyi trial

Burma bars lawyer from Aung San Suu Kyi trial
Posted 3 hours 49 minutes ago
A Burmese lawyer who applied to represent opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi at her trial next week says he has been disbarred by the country's ruling military junta.

Aung Thein says he received a letter from the authorities on Friday (local time) saying he was dismissed from the Burmese lawyers association because of an earlier sentence for contempt of court.

"The dismissal letter from Naypyidaw (the administrative capital) was sent to me last night. I had been sentenced for four months because of contempt of court, that's why they dismissed me," Aung Thein said.

Aung Thein, who is part of the legal team for Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party, says he had attended the notorious Insein prison on Thursday to seek to represent the 63-year-old.

The Nobel Peace Prize-winning Aung San Suu Kyi was charged by a court at the jail on Thursday for breaching the terms of her house arrest after a US man swam to her lakeside compound earlier this month.

She faces up to five years in jail if convicted at the trial which starts on Monday.

Rights groups say the charges have been "trumped up" to extend her current six-year period of detention past elections due next year.

"I feel really sorry for her that I cannot stand with her strongly [in court]," Aung Thein said.

Aung San Suu Kyi has spent most of the last 19 years detained at her house in Yangon, kept in virtual isolation and only allowed visits from her doctors and lawyers.


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