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Myanmar's Suu Kyi files new appeal against detention

world Updated: May 12, 2010 15:14 IST
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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has lodged a new appeal with the Supreme Court against her house arrest in a last-chance attempt to win freedom, her lawyer said on Wednesday.

The Nobel Peace Laureate, who has spent most of the last two decades locked up, had her detention lengthened by 18 months in August last year after being convicted over a bizarre incident in which a US man swam to her lakeside home.

She has already had her appeal rejected twice, most recently by the Supreme Court in the former capital Yangon in February.

The court is expected to take about two weeks to reach a decision on whether they will agree to a hearing for the new "special" appeal, which was submitted on Monday, her lawyer Nyan Win said.

"If law and order prevails, Daw Suu will be freed as she is not guilty. There is nothing more we can do under the law if they reject it again," he said. "Daw" is a term of respect in Myanmar.

Suu Kyi has been in jail or under house arrest for 14 of the past 20 years. Her National League for Democracy (NLD) won 1990 elections by a landslide but was prevented by the junta from taking power.

The Supreme Court last week rejected a bid by the pro-democracy icon to prevent the disbanding of her party under widely criticised laws governing elections that are scheduled for later this year.