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news - Suu Kyi Barred From Courtroom

september 16th, 2009

"Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been denied entrance to the Rangoon courtroom where she is due to lodge an appeal against her conviction, according to her lawyer.

Lawyer Nyan Win on Friday submitted a letter requesting that she be allowed to attend the hearing, set for 18 September, but the following day the request was rejected by the Special Police Information Branch.

'We said [in the letter] that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was willing to attend the hearing in person,' he said.

'There was no solid reason given for the denial. They told us to make the request to the court but actually the court doesn’t have authority to decide.'

'[Under normal circumstances] court hearings are open for public listeners and there is no law prohibiting people from attending the hearing of the case they are involved in,' he said.

Nyan Win said last week that the defence team was lodging an appeal comprising 11 points. Lawyers had met with Suu Kyi on 10 September to finalize the appeal."

MORE: "Suu Kyi barred from courtroom" (DVB)

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