Suu Kyi's appeal rejected

May 5, 2009 (DVB), An appeal submitted last month for the release of imprisoned opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, sent by her lawyer to the Burmese government, has been rejected.

The appeal submitted on 28 April followed an initial appeal on 9 October last year which went unacknowledged by the ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC).

Following the latest appeal, however, lawyer Kyi Win was notified via letter that the appeal had been rejected.

"When it comes to the rejection [of the appeal], we had already guessed that it was likely to be so," said Kyi Win.

"We can’t hope that they will now accept Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s appeal and say that it is right.

"The reason is, they have taken action for five whole years. If they do that, it is like admitting they were wrong then."

Suu Kyi, the leader of opposition party National League for Democracy, has been under house arrest for 13 of the last 19 years, since the NLD won a landslide victory in the 1990 elections.

Her current spell under house arrest began in 2003 following the Depayin massacre, in which a government-backed mob opened fire on a convoy of people associated with the NLD, killing 70.

This was the third appeal filed by her lawyer since October 2008.

Kyi Win yesterday sent a request to the special branch police for a meeting with Suu Kyi to inform her of the rejection of the appeal.

Reporting by Khin Hnin Htet

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