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Court accepts Suu Kyi lawsuit hearing

Burma’s Supreme Court yesterday said it would accept a lawsuit filed by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi over the dissolution of her party.

The spokesperson for the National League for Democracy (NLD), which was dissolved earlier this year following its decision not to run for the 7 November elections, said the lawsuit was accepted yesterday.

“The Supreme Court agreed to accept our lawsuit and to register it. After registration, we will have to check back with the court for the [case schedule],” said Nyan Win, who is also a lawyer for Suu Kyi.

“We are to give out our argument when the case schedule is out and also to provide assistance if necessary in the court’s investigations. For now, we have presented our statement on the legal facts we are proposing.”

He added that the court can either open a separate investigation or just hear the arguments presented by the defence.

The NLD was formally dissolved last month after it refused to register as a competing party for the elections, citing laws that ban Suu Kyi, who is currently under house arrest, from participating.

Observers claimed her sentencing in August last year was a ploy to keep the opposition icon and Nobel laureate out of the political arena during the polls, Burma’s first in 20 years. A Burmese official said last week that she would be released “days after” the vote.

The NLD won the 1990 elections by a landslide, but the junta retained power, locking up many of its key players. Out of Burma’s 2,170-plus political prisoners, more than 400 are NLD members, according to the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners-Burma (AAPP)


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