Myanmar court hears Suu Kyi appeal of house arrest
Myanmar's highest court began hearing arguments today on detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest and is expected to make a ruling later this week.world Updated: Jan 18, 2010 17:58 IST
Myanmar's highest court began hearing arguments today on detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest and is expected to make a ruling later this week.
Suu Kyi's lawyers appealed to the Supreme Court last month after a lower court upheld a decision to sentence her to an additional 18 months of house arrest. She had been convicted in August of violating the previous terms of her detention by briefly sheltering an American intruder who swam uninvited to her lakeside home.
Suu Kyi's lawyer Nyan Win said he will argue the extension was unlawful because it was based on provisions from the 1974 Constitution that are no longer in effect.
The court also agreed to review the house arrest of Suu Kyi's two female companions, who are also ordered confined for 18 months at her compound in Yangon.
Suu Kyi, who was barred from attending the hearing, has been detained for 14 of the past 20 years.
The 64-year-old Nobel Peace Laureate's sentence would ensure she cannot participate in Myanmar's first elections in two decades that will be held sometime this year. Her party swept the last elections in 1990, but the results were never honored by the military, which has ruled the country since 1962.