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Appeal to reinstate Suu Kyi witnesses rejected

world Updated: Jun 29, 2009 11:09 IST

Myanmar’s highest court has rejected an appeal by lawyers of Aung San Suu Kyi to reinstate two key defense witnesses in a trial that has sparked global outrage.

The High Court on Monday upheld a lower court ruling, meaning Suu Kyi will be granted only two defense witnesses in her ongoing trial. She had wanted to have four witnesses in all.

The 64-year-old Nobel laureate is charged with violating the terms of her house arrest when an uninvited American man swam secretly to her lakeside home and stayed two days. Suu Kyi faces up to five years in prison if found guilty.

Suu Kyi is the leader of Myanmar’s pro-democracy movement. She has been in detention for more than 13 of the last 19 years.