NLD questions Central Court rejection

Lawyers of the disbanded opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party have called on Burma’s central court to provide an answer as to why an appeal over its dissolution was rejected.

The NLD, which marked its final hours as a registered political party on 6 May, had filed a lawsuit on 30 April against controversial election laws that blocked party leader Aung San Suu Kyi from running in the elections and forced her expulsion if the NLD wished to take part. The lawsuit was however rejected on 5 May.

“The court’s rejection of our lawsuit was not in accordance with the High Court Code, in which the court must provide reasons for the rejection so that we can amend the lawsuit,” said lawyer Nyan Win.

“But there was no specific reason given, which left us unclear as to what to do next or what to change. We called the [Burmese capital] Naypyidaw court to immediately give us directions about this.”

Nyan Win said the NLD will hold discussions with its 1990-elected parliament members who filed another lawsuit on the same day against the abolishment of 1990 election results.

The NLD won a landslide victory in the 1990 elections that was ignored by the ruling junta, which has since maintained a tight grip on power. The likely frontrunner in this year’s elections, Burma’s first since 1990, is the incumbent prime minister, Thein Sein, who will head the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).

Meanwhile, a lawyers for Suu Kyi have sent a letter to the Rangoon municipal challenging its u-turn on whether a shed in the Nobel laureate’s compound can be demolished as part of wider renovations on the crumbling lakeside property where she is held under house arrest.

“We called for a re-approval on demolishing the shed as it was in a very dangerous and irreparable stage, and asked government officials to come and inspect it. We handed the latter to the municipal’s housing department [yesterday], said Nyan Win.”

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