Suu Kyi to launch central court appeal

Oct 7, 2009 (DVB), Lawyers for Aung San Suu Kyi will take an appeal over her house arrest to Burma's central court after being rejected by a Rangoon prison court last week.

A letter was sent yesterday to the Special Information Branch requesting a meeting between lawyers and Suu Kyi to discuss the appeal, said lawyer Nyan Win.

"We will appeal for a revision at the central court. If we fail on that, we will make a special appeal as the last resort," he said.

Nyan Win last week confirmed that the court at Rangoon's Insein prison, where Suu Kyi was tried, rejected an 11-point appeal over her house arrest and upheld the guilty verdict awarded to her in August.

He also said yesterday that a request from Suu Kyi for a renovation at her house would likely to be approved.

"Our architect is going through the necessary paperwork. So far we have been granted approval from [Rangoon] ward authorities," he said.

Meanwhile the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party responded positively to a meeting last week between Suu Kyi and the government's information minister, Aung Kyi.

The meeting came in the wake of a letter sent by Suu Kyi to junta leader Than Shwe suggesting dialogue between the two over the lifting of international sanctions on Burma.

"Prime Minister Thein Sein has urged [the international community] to revoke sanctions on Burma," said NLD information wing member, Khin Maung Swe, adding similar remarks from Suu Kyi were "a good sign for the future of the country and the people".

On whether cooperation between the junta and Suu Kyi would take place, Khin Maung Swe said it depended in which countries imposed sanctions on Burma, and why they did it.

"We have to accept that the political situation in Burma has changed its shape; we can even say this change is positive," he said. "However, this is only just a starting point so we can't say anything for sure."

Reporting by Khin Hnin Htet

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