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Suu Kyi defense lawyers present closing arguments

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] presented their closing arguments Friday with the prosecution expected to offer its closing arguments Monday. Suu Kyi was reportedly disappointed [Al Jazeera report] with the court's decision to allow the prosecution more time to prepare their closing, as it is customary for both parties to give their closing arguments on the same day. Suu Kyi faces charges of violating the terms of her house arrest for allowing an American to stay with her after he swam across a lake to visit. Her lawyers did not know when a verdict [Reuters report] could be expected.

Earlier this month, Suu Kyi's trial resumed after a delay [JURIST reports] with the testimony of Khin Moe Moe, a member of Suu Kyi's National League of Democracy (NLD) [party website] party, who claimed the charges were politically motivated. Last month, a Myanmar court sentenced [JURIST report] two members of the NLD to 18 months in prison after leading prayers for Suu Kyi's release. Her arrest was controversial and highly criticized [JURIST report] by the international community. She has spent 12 of the past 18 years in prison or under house arrest for alleged violations of an anti-subversion law [text, PDF]. News of Suu Kyi's trial has been met with criticism from numerous agencies and governments around the world. Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] has said the charges [HRW report] against Suu Kyi are "trumped up."

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