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Burma Rebukes Opposition Leaders for Criticizing Trial of Aung San Suu Kyi


State media in Burma said Saturday that military authorities reprimanded members of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's political party for releasing a statement critical of her trial.

The official New Light of Myanmar newspaper said four senior members of the National League for Democracy party met government officials for 30 minutes late Friday.

The paper said criticism of Aung San Suu Kyi's detention and trial on charges of violating the terms of her house arrest were "misleading the public."

One of her lawyers, Nyan Win, said Friday that the court adjourned Nobel peace laureate'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 democracy leader 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 Aung San Suu Kyi in detention through next year's election. The NLD 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 AFP and AP.

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