Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Burma terrorist government known as Myanmar junta rejects Suu Kyi's detention appeal

ေခြးသူခိုးအစိုးရ အေမစုဆို ေၾကာက္မွေၾကာက္ ..
Myanmar junta rejects Suu Kyi's detention appeal AFP/File – Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at a press conference in 2002. Myanmar's military …

YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar's military government has rejected an appeal by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi against her detention, a party spokesman said Tuesday.

National League for Democracy (NLD) party spokesman Nyan Win told AFP that Aung San Suu Kyi's lawyer had received a letter confirming the failed bid last Friday, less than a month before her current sentence expires.

The 63-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate has spent most of the past 19 years under house arrest in Yangon where she lives with her two maids and is allowed only occasional visits, mostly from her lawyer and doctor.

She lodged her appeal in October last year.

"According to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's lawyer U Kyi Win, the appeal against her detention was rejected," Nyan Win said, although he himself had not read the letter.

"It should not be like this as they haven't allowed her any court hearing for her appeal."

He said the assistant to Aung San Suu Kyi's lawyer, Hla Myo Myint, went to the remote administrative capital Naypyidaw on Friday to receive the rejection letter after being summoned by authorities.

Her lawyer Kyi Win has now requested a meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi, Nyan Win said.

The appeal was lodged after Aung San Suu Kyi was given an intravenous drip by her doctor because of malnourishment after refusing food deliveries for a month.

In August last year she refused a visit from United Nations envoy Ibrahim Gambari, apparently in protest at the lack of progress he was making on reform in Myanmar.

Aung San Suu Kyi's latest period of incarceration expires at the end of May and authorities have not said yet if they intend to extend her sentence.

The military, which has ruled impoverished Myanmar with an iron rod since 1962, is preparing for elections next year under a "road map to democracy" -- which critics have derided as a sham meant to entrench the generals' power.

The NLD won a landslide victory in elections in 1990, but the junta never allowed them to take office.

Last week the NLD set conditions on taking part in the election, saying it would participate only if all political prisoners including NLD leaders were unconditionally released.

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