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Burmese Court Postpones Aung San Suu Kyi's Trial


A court in Burma has delayed by a week the trial of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who stands accused of violating terms of her house arrest.

One of her lawyers, Nyan Win, said the court adjourned Aung San Suu Kyi's trial until next Friday.

Meanwhile, a higher court in Rangoon is considering a request by her attorneys to review a lower court's earlier dismissal of three defense witnesses. The court said a decision is expected on Tuesday.

Defense lawyers argue that only one defense witness has been able to testify since the closed-door trial began on May 11, compared to 14 witnesses for the prosecution.

Prosecutors accuse Burma's pro-democracy leader of violating house arrest by allowing an American man to stay overnight at her lakeside Rangoon house after he swam there, uninvited, last month. She has blamed security for failing to stop the intruder.

If found guilty, Aung San Suu Kyi could face up to five years in jail.

The 63-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner already has spent more than 13 of the last 19 years under house arrest.

Critics say the trial is a pretext for Burma's military rulers to keep the pro-democracy leader in detention through next year's election. Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won elections in 1990, but the military, which has ruled Burma since 1962, refused to recognize the results.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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