Myanmar court rules Suu Kyi can appeal

A Myanmar court ruled that Suu Kyi can appeal against her conviction for violating a security law after an American swam in her lakeside home.

Myanmar court rules Suu Kyi can appeal

A Myanmar court ruled on Friday that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi can appeal against her conviction for violating a security law after an American swam uninvited to her lakeside home in May.

The 64-year-old Nobel peace laureate's appeal would be heard on Sept. 18, a judge in Yangon Division Court said.

Her lawyers contend that an Aug. 12 court ruling was illegal because it was based on a 1974 state Constitution that is no longer in use.

Suu Kyi, who has spent 14 of the past 20 years in detention, was sentenced to another 18 months under house arrest, enough to keep her out of campaigning for elections due next year. The verdict sparked international condemnation.

Appeals were also filed at Yangon Division Court on behalf of two of Suu Kyi companions convicted on similar charges after the American, John Yettaw, stayed uninvited at Suu Kyi's home for two days, said her lawyer, Nyan Win.

Yettaw's presence breached the terms of her house arrest and broke a security law protecting the state from "subversive elements", according to the verdict in August.

Yettaw was sentenced to seven years' hard labour in a parallel trial on three charges, including immigration offences and "swimming in a non-swimming area". He was subsequently freed and allowed to return to the United States. 

Reuters
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