VOA Burmese Blog

October 5, 2010

Aung San Suu Kyi to Sue Burma’s Military Regime

– VOA News

AP Photo: Aung San Suu Kyi

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyer said Tuesday that the Nobel laureate would file a lawsuit against the ruling military regime for dissolving her party ahead of elections.

The Irrawaddy news magazine quoted attorney Nyan Win as saying the suit would be filed at the Supreme Court in Rangoon Tuesday evening.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy was abolished for boycotting the November 7 vote, which the West has condemned as a sham aimed at putting a civilian face on military rule.

The election will be the the nation’s first since Aung San Suu Kyi and her NLD won in a landslide in 1990. The military did not recognize the results of that election.

Unnamed Burmese officials said last week that Aung San Suu Kyi may be released from house detention when her current sentence expires on November 13 — six days after the elections.

Observers say the junta may release the Nobel Peace laureate as an olive branch to the international community.

Aung San Suu Kyi has spent 15 of the last 21 years in some form of detention.

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