31 Jul 2009

Suu Kyi verdict postponed without explanation

8:21 pm on 31 July 2009

A court in Myanmar has postponed delivering its verdict in the trial of the pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Officials say the verdict will be announced on 11 August. Ms Suu Kyi's lawyer, Nyan Win, says the judge adjourned the trial but didn't say why. His client, however, had not been fazed, telling him that the adjournment was "typical".

Ms Suu Kyi is on trial for breaking the terms of her house arrest just days before it was due to expire, following a two-day stay at her home by an American intruder in May.

She is charged under a law protecting the state from "subversive elements". A guilty verdict had been widely expected on Friday.

According to Western diplomats in Myanmar's main city of Yangon, formerly Rangoon, the trial judges say they need more time to review the case.

But Benjamin Zawacki, a Myanmar specialist for Amnesty International, says that this and previous adjournments have been orchestrated by the country's ruling junta to make the court appear fair and impartial.