Myanmar court to hear Suu Kyi appeal request

The High Court has agreed to hear arguments from her lawyers on whether to hear their appeal against her latest stint of house arrest, her lawyer said on Friday.

Updated: Oct 08, 2010, 18:42 PM IST

Yangon: With just weeks to go before
Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi`s scheduled release,
the High Court has agreed to hear arguments from her lawyers
on whether to hear their appeal against her latest stint of
house arrest, her lawyer said on Friday.

The court`s response comes five months after lawyers
for Suu Kyi filed a request to appeal her case with the
Special Appellate Bench, a multi-judge panel in the remote
administrative capital of Naypyitaw. The Nobel Peace Prize
laureate has already lost two appeals against an August 2009
conviction.

Suu Kyi is due to be released on November 13, a week
after the country`s first elections in two decades. There is
wide speculation the junta will release Suu Kyi as an olive
branch to the international community, which has been critical
of how the vote has been organized. A pro-junta party looks
certain to win.

If an appeal were to be accepted, the outcome could
coincide with her actual release.

"The High Court will hear arguments from both sides
on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi`s special appeal on October 18," her
lawyer Nyan Win said.

PTI