Trial of Pro-Democracy Leader Suu Kyi Postponed till June 26

The court trial of pro-democracy leader of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi has been adjourned for two weeks to let defence counsel name an addition witness testifying that the case is politically inspired, said an advocate.

Nyan Win, one of Suu Kyi’s attorneys informed that the District Court, which is trying Suu Kyi, told lawyers during a brief hearing held on Friday that the case is being postponed till June 26.

Suu Kyi is facing the trial on charges of infringing the terms of her house arrest when she allowed an uninvited American man to stay at her closely guarded lakeside home last month. The man had swam secretly to her home and needed medicare, Suu Kyi has alleged.

The court case has caused outrage world wide as well as among Suu Kyi’s local supporters, who charge that military government is using the strange incident as a pretext to ensure that the pro-democracy leader remains detained through next year’s elections.

If convicted, the 63-year-old Nobel Peace laureate faces up to five years in prison. She has been detained under house arrest for more than 13 of the last 19 years.

It is widely expected that Suu Kyi will be found guilty because courts in Myanmar are known for handing out harsh sentences to political dissidents.

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