Yangon: 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 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
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 told AFP.
"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
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 sometime later this year.