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Court readmits one Suu Kyi witness

June 10, 2009 (DVB), Judges in the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi have agreed to allow one of the three witnesses disqualified by the court to testify in her defence, following an appeal from Suu Kyi's lawyers last week.

A lawyer for Suu Kyi, Nyan Win, said that Rangoon divisional court yesterday ruled to allow Khin Moe Moe, a central court lawyer in Shan state, to testify for her at the Insein prison trial.

A notice in the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper today said that she had been readmitted "in order to hear the case more thoroughly".

The three witnesses, including U Win Tin and U Tin Oo, were disqualified on 28 May on reasons unspecified by the court.

"The court decided to reaccept Daw Khin Moe Moe but didn't give any detail on why the other two witnesses were remained disqualified," said Nyan Win.

"This is not reasonable under legal terms for us. We are not satisfied with the divisional court's decision and are preparing to take our complaint to a higher level court."

He said that the court hadn't yet set a date to hear Khin Moe Moe's witness account, and that final arguments from lawyers had been postponed until her testimony had been heard.

"I've been close to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for about 20 years and I know so well her level of respect for the law," said Khin Moe Moe.

"I personally know Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has never broken any law."

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw


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