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Burma Braces for Verdict of Aung San Suu Kyi

By VOA News
30 July 2009

Burma's state-run newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar is warning citizens not to incite protests on Friday, when the verdict for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be handed down.

Security has increased near the Insein prison in Rangoon, where the pro-democracy leader has been on trial for more than two months on charges of violating the terms of her house arrest in May.

She faces five years in prison for allowing an American man to stay at her lakeside home, after he swam there uninvited last May.

One of Aung San Suu Kyi's attorneys, Nyan Win, told reporters that she is holding up well but is "preparing for the worst." He says she has asked for several English, French and Burmese language books to pass her time in prison if she is convicted.

Critics say Burma's military junta is using the trial as a pretext to keep her from participating in next year's elections.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the regime is missing "an important opportunity" to engage with the international community, especially those who want to see Aung San Suu Kyi go free.

The 64-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate has has spent 14 of the past 20 years under some form of detention, mostly house arrest.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters



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