Myanmar warns against 'bias' ahead of Suu Kyi verdict

BANGKOK - Myanmar's junta-run state media warned Wednesday against making predictions of a guilty verdict in the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi, even as it suggested that the democracy leader had broken the law.
The government mouthpiece New Light of Myanmar newspaper published an editorial saying that foreign media had showed "bias towards the accused" during the two-month trial at a notorious prison where she is being held.

Myanmar warns against 'bias' ahead of Suu Kyi verdict
Judges at the court said this week that they will hand down a verdict on Friday on the charges against Suu Kyi, which stem from an incident in which an American intruder swam to her lakeside villa in May.
The newspaper's Internet version published a list of types of contempt of court, saying that Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy had made "political profit" from the internationally condemned case.
"Please read the above three points on contempt of court carefully. There should be no prediction that who is guilty or who is not guilty until the court passes the judgment," the editorial said.
The editorial then alleged that Suu Kyi could have called for security when Yettaw was discovered at the house but instead she "received the intruder" for two nights and provided him with food, lodging and clothes.
"Although the house and compound are regarded as restricted areas by law, one intruded and the other accepted. Doesn't it violate the law?" the editorial asked.
"It can be questionable whether these are democratisation activities."
It also suggested that Yettaw's actions were part of a plot to smuggle the Nobel Peace Prize winner out of the property where she has spent much of the last two decades under house arrest.
"If the motive of leaving two chadors (Muslim shawls) and some stuff by Yettaw were to be exposed, it would become an exciting Hollywood movie," it said.
"We would be likely to see a thriller in which the actress escapes in disguise."
Suu Kyi's lawyers have said that she cannot be held responsible for Yettaw's actions and that it was poor security that allowed him to reach her property.
Yettaw, a devout Mormon and former US military veteran, has told the court that he crossed the lake to her house to warn her of a divine vision that she would be assassinated.

Friday, July 31st 2009

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