Lawyers denied permission to meet Daw Suu

Dec 11, 2008 (DVB), Ministers in Naypyidaw on 9 December refused to grant permission to two lawyers for detained National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to hold a meeting with their client.

The lawyers, Kyi Win and his assistant Hla Myo Myint, gave a letter to Special Branch police on 3 December requesting permission to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi on either 8 or 10 December to discuss her appeal against her detention.

On 9 December, Special Branch agents summoned Kyi Win and told him the request had been denied because the appeal was currently under consideration.

"They said the cabinet is taking action on our appeal," Kyi Win said.

"Therefore, they said we did not need to meet with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and were not allowed to do so."

Kyi Win said he did not believe the ongoing consideration of the appeal should preclude him from meeting his client.

The special appeal was lodged with ministers in Naypyidaw on 19 October.

Senior NLD member Win Tin said he has been trying to obtain further instructions from Aung San Suu Kyi while the party waits for the decision from Naypyidaw.

Reporting by Nan Kham Kaew

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