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Yangon court rejects Suu Kyi witness appeal

Yangon court rejects Suu Kyi witness appeal

Myanmar's supreme court yesterday rejected an appeal to reinstate two defense witnesses at the internationally condemned trial of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, an official said.
The Nobel laureate faces up to five years in jail on charges of violating the terms of her house arrest after an American man swam uninvited to her lakeside home and has been held at a notorious jail in Yangon since May.
The supreme court upheld a decision by the trial court at Insein prison last month to bar two out of four defense witnesses, both senior members of her National League for Democracy (NLD).
"The appeal (by her defense team) was rejected. The decision was posted on the board of the supreme court," a Myanmar official said on condition of anonymity.
The two barred witnesses are Win Tin, a journalist who was Myanmar's longest-serving political prisoner until his release in September, and detained deputy NLD leader Tin Oo.
Nyan Win, one of Aung San Suu Kyi's lawyers and the spokesman for the NLD, said Monday he could not yet confirm the appeal rejection.
"I cannot say anything right now about about how we will continue," he added.


Updated : 2021-03-04 20:28 GMT+08:00