Lawyers to appeal Suu Kyi sentence

Aug 28, 2009 (DVB), Lawyers for Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi are set to appeal her sentencing next week, following complaints that new conditions of her house arrest are stricter than before.

Suu Kyi met with her lawyers yesterday at her Rangoon compound where she has been sentenced to 18 months under house arrest.

"We mainly discussed an appeal to reconsider her sentence passed by the Insein district court," said lawyer Nyan Win.

"We brought along the draft version of the appeal we wrote [which] is to be amended in the next few days."

A finalised version of the appeal will be submitted next week. Nyan Win said lawyers also talked with Suu Kyi regarding the new house arrest conditions set by the government.

"In her previous house detention, she was allowed to meet with family members and also granted a regular medical check-up, but she doesn't get these under the new conditions," said Nyan Win, adding that a lot of the wording in the new conditions is unclear.

Suu Kyi was sentenced on 11 August to an 18-month commuted sentence under house arrest, following the visit in May of US citizen John Yettaw to her compound.

Yettaw, who was sentenced to seven years with hard labour, was released last week followig a visit to Burma by US senator Jim Webb.

Webb, who also met with Suu Kyi, stirred controversy following the visit with claims that Suu Kyi had hinted at a change in her pro-sanctions stance. This provided the basis for a commentary published in the New York Times yesterday.

"Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said she did not see his remarks as reflecting the Obama administration's policy," said Nyan Win.

Nyan Win said the National League Democracy (NLD) party was informed by the US embassy in Rangoon that three humanitarian experts from the US senate will be meeting with the party today.

It is unclear however what will be discussed in the meeting.

Reporting by Htet Aung Kyaw

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