Monday, June 1, 2009

Suu Kyi ‘bears no grudge’ toward Yettaw

(DVB)–Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi told her lawyer over the weekend that she bore no grudge against John Yettaw, the man whose actions threaten a lengthy continuation of her imprisonment.

Nyan Win, and fellow lawyers Kyi Win and Khin Hyay Kywe, met with Suu Kyi and her two caretakers at the ‘guesthouse’ where they are being held inside Rangoon’s Insein prison.

The group was able to talk freely “without any intereference”, Nyan Win said, and discussed next week’s summation of the trial, although he was unable to report specifically on what was covered.

“What I can tell you, however, is what Daw Aung San Suu Kyi told me,” he said.

“The first concerns Mr Yettaw and she said she bore no grudge against Mr Yettaw or his family.”

Earlier this month the US citizen swam to Suu Kyi’s compound, where she is held under house arrest, and stayed for two nights.

The stay triggered charges that Suu Kyi had breached conditions of her house arrest. If convicted, she could be sentenced for up to five years.

On Thursday Yettaw was taken back to Suu Kyi’s compound to reenact the events surrounding his visit. According to Nyan Win, Suu Kyi found this “completely unacceptable”.

“She said it was her home and the way things were conducted there without informing her amounts to lawlessness or disrespect for the law,” he said.

Suu Kyi did however say that her health had improved, following reports she was suffering severe leg cramps and lack of sleep.

“A specialist came to her [two days ago] and asked her to stop taking two medicines that she was taking daily,” said Nyan Win.

“She told us that since then the situation had improved.”

He confirmed that the next hearing had been adjourned to 5 June, but denied that it had been done on health grounds.

Reporting by Htet Aung Kyaw

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