Suu Kyi to appeal for witnesses

YANGOON: Myanmar’s highest court said on Wednesday it will allow a final appeal by Aung

San Suu Kyi’s defence lawyers, who are seeking to reinstate two key witnesses at her widely watched trial, her lawyer said.

Defence lawyer Nyan Win called the development “good news” and said the High Court was expected to set a date for the appeal on Friday.

Four truckloads of armed riot police circled the court, and two trucks mounted with machine guns and filled with riot police were parked outside. Tight security is standard on days of Suu Kyi hearings.

Suu Kyi is charged with violating the terms of her house arrest when an uninvited American man swam secretly to her closely guarded lakeside home last month and stayed two days.

Suu Kyi’s trial, which started May 18, has been delayed to allow appeals for more defence witnesses. Nyan Win said the High Court appeal would cause further delays to the trial, which was scheduled to resume on June 26.

The District Court trying Aang San Suu Kyi initially allowed only one of four defence witnesses to take the stand. On appeal, the Yangon Divisional Court ruled last week that a second witness could be heard. Two senior members of Suu Kyi’s National

League for Democracy Party — Tin

Oo and Win Tin — remain barred from giving testimony.

“This is good news. Now that the court has decided to hear our appeal, chances are higher that Tin Oo and Win Tin will be allowed to testify as defence witnesses,” said Nyan Win.