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Mar 18, 2009 (DVB), The lawyer of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has sent a second letter to the government demanding a response to an appeal for her release, five months after the as yet unacknowledged initial demand.
Kyi Win, lawyer of Daw Suu, told DVB the letter had been sent on 13 March, 75 days before the stated end of her house arrest, and demanded a trial in which to hear the appeal.
"According to Article 19 of the law under which Daw Suu was kept under house arrest, we have our right for an appeal so we submitted it on 9 October 2008," said Kyi Win.
"Now, only 75 days have left before the expiration of the detention order, we still have no response from the government , we take it they are silently rejecting our appeal."
Kyi Win said he also requested another meeting with Daw Suu before going to trial, providing the government agreed to the trial, to push for a free and fair court hearing.
He added that he expected to hear a response from the government when Prime Minister Thein Sein returned later this week from his current visit to Indonesia and Singapore.
Reporting by Khin Hnin Htet