Myanmar court rejects Suu Kyi appeal Jaclyn Belczyk at 12:38 PM ET
[JURIST] A Myanmar court on Friday upheld a sentence of house arrest imposed on opposition pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Suu Kyi was convicted [JURIST report] in August of violating state security laws and sentenced to an additional 18 months of house arrest for allowing American John Yettaw to stay in her home after he swam across a lake to get there. Suu Kyi's lawyer and spokesperson for her National League for Democracy (NLD) [party website] Nyan Win said he was not surprised with the court's decision and that he plans to appeal [AFP report] to the high court. Suu Kyi was not present for the verdict.
Last month, the Divisional Court in Rangoon agreed to hear Suu Kyi's appeal, but denied her request to attend [JURIST reports] the hearing. Yettaw, who was sentenced to seven years in prison with four years of hard labor, was released [JURIST report] in August after negotiations with US Senator Jim Webb (D-VA). Suu Kyi has spent 14 of the last 20 years in detention, and her latest conviction has been condemned [BBC report] by many world leaders and has given rise to international sanctions [JURIST report] against Myanmar's junta and members of the judiciary.
Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible, ad-free format.