Friday, July 31, 2009

Suu Kyi verdict postponement August 11

Ms Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won elections in 1988 but was never allowed to take power.Army-ruled Myanmar called it will hold a referendum on a new constitution in May followed by elections in 2010, Postponement of verdict was aimed at deflecting pressure after last year’s crackdown on protesters and August 8 is the 21st anniversary calling for democratic reform in the country.

Aung San Suu Kyi has spent almost 14 of the last 20 years in detention.Many are opinion that this trial is a ploy by the regime to keep the Nobel Laureate locked up until after elections scheduled for 2010.Burmese court scheduled to deliver a verdict in the high-profile trial of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said it is not yet ready to make a decision and adjourned until August 11, according to diplomats.The 64-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate is charged with violating the terms of her house arrest by harbouring an American man who swam to her house uninvited.She faces up to five years in prison.

August is an historic month in Burma’s pro-democracy movement. Twenty-one years ago, millions of Burmese took to the streets to demonstrate, calling for democratic reform in the country, August 8 is the 21st anniversary of the 1988pr uising.

On Thursday, the junta arrested about 20 Suu Kyi supporters in their homes in an overnight operation in Rangoon.The United States and the European Union have said they will push for tougher sanctions on the military government if Suu Kyi is sentenced to prison.Officials in Napyidaw reportedly contacted the Burmese Supreme Court by telephone on Friday and ordered a delay in announcing the verdict.

The postponement comes as the military government faces growing international and internal pressure over the trial of Suu Kyi, who faces up to five years in prison if found guilty of violating the terms of her house arrest.

“The verdict has been postponed to 10 am on August 11,” Nyan Win, Suu Kyi’s lawyer, told The Irrawaddy on Friday morning. Some diplomats were allowed to observe the brief court session, said sources.

Last week,U.S. President Barack Obama asked Burma's military government to free Democratic opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from detention immediately and without conditions.A statement issued by the White House Mr. Obama condemned her continued house arrest. He said her current trial on charges of violating the terms of her house arrest is a "show trial based on spurious charges."

UN Secretary General said,last fornight,it is now up to the military junta in Myanmar to set in place the process for a credible and legitimate election in the country."It is now up to the leaders of Myanmar to set in place the elements necessary for the election to be credible and legitimate," Ban Ki-moon said at a press conference in Geneva.

U.N. Permanent Representative of Myanmar, U Than Swe, told the Security Council, "At the request of the secretary-general, the Myanmar government is processing to grant amnesty to prisoners on humanitarian grounds and with a view to enabling them to participate in the 2010 general elections." But offered no specifics beyond his statement.

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