Suu Kyi witness appeal goes to higher court

June 11, 2009 (DVB), Lawyers for Aung San Suu Kyi have submitted an appeal to Burma’s central court to allow the remaining two witnesses disqualified last week to testify in her defense.

Suu Kyi and her two caretakers met with the four defense lawyers yesterday to discuss taking the appeal to central court, following the readmittance on Tuesday of only one of the disqualified lawyers.

The three stand trial for allegedly sheltering US citizen John Yettaw who last month swam to the property where Suu Kyi is under house arrest.

The defense had initially produced four witnesses but three were disqualified on unspecified reasons. The prosecution team was allowed to call 14 witnesses.

"I went to the central court around 11am this morning and submitted the appeal for the remaining two disqualified witnesses for Daw Suu," said lawyer Nyan Win.

"We are to present the statement for the appeal on [June 17] and they will decide whether to accept the appeal or not."

Suu Kyi had yesterday urged the lawyers to go further with the appeal, arguing that the disqualification was "legally wrong".

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

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