Monday, August 17, 2009

Suu Kyi Trail Chronology

16 August: John Yettaw of Falcon, Missouri, arrived in Bangkok on a US government plane with Sen Jim Webb of Virginia, who secured his freedom with a plea to Burma's ruling military junta.

16 August: Burmese state television said that Yettaw was freed on humanitarian grounds because of his health.

15 August: John Yettaw was released after visiting US Sen Jim Webb won his release.

15 August: Aung San Suu Kyi met with US Sen Jim Webb. Suu Kyi was taken from her lakeside residence to a government guesthouse for the meeting.

12 August: Aung San Suu Kyi criticized the recent verdict against her and plans to challenge the court’s decision as “totally unfair” and “totally illogical.”

11 August: Suu Kyi sentenced to a further 18 months house arrest by Rangoon’s Northern District Court.

4 August: John William Yettaw, the American on trial with Aung San Suu Kyi, was hospitalized for a second time, apparently the result of fasting in prison.

31 July: The verdict in the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi was postponed to August 11 on the order of high-ranking military officials in Napyidaw.

28 July Suu Kyi trial concluded with the court announcing it will deliver its verdict at the end of the week.

Aung San Suu Kyi insisted that the proceedings would show “whether or not the rule of law exists in the country.”

24 July: Suu Kyi's trial was postponed after her defense gave a 30-page closing statement. She said the current charge against her—harboring American intruder John W Yettaw—could not be examined "correctly and completely."

10 July: Aung San Suu Kyi spent more than six hours in court as government prosecutors questioned a defense witness.

4 July: UN Secretary-General Ban KI-moon said he was “deeply disappointed” because Burma’s military junta rejected his second request to meet Suu Kyi.

29 June: The highest court rejected the appeal by Suu Kyi’s lawyers to reinstate two key witnesses in the trail.

22 June: Suu Kyi and her two companions meet with her lawyers at the prison for two hours to prepare their arguments. Suu Kyi thanks the public for their birthday wishes.

17 June: The high court granted a request by lawyers of Suu Kyi to consider whether two more defense witnesses can testify.

13 June: Suu Kyi’s lawyer said Burma’s high court will convene June 17 to consider an appeal to reinstate two key defense witnesses.

12 June: The Rangoon North District Court postponed Suu Kyi’s trail to June 26 to hear the testimony of a Suu Kyi’s defense witness.

10 June: Suu Kyi instructed her lawyers to continue the appeals process to allow more defense witnesses to be heard in a case.

9 June: A Burmese divisional court rejected two defense witnesses for Suu Kyi and accepted a third.

—The court rejected Tin Oo, the vice chairman of the NLD, and Win Tin, a member of the NLD executive committee.

—It accepted Khin Moh Moh, a lawyer and NLD member.

5 June: The trial of Aung San Suu Kyi is delayed for a week allowing for testimony from three additional defense witnesses.

3 June: The judge agrees to postpone the verdict to hear evidence from the three defense witnesses.

29 May: The court declares a recess.

28 May: The prosecution’s only defense witness, Kyi Win, is scheduled to appear at the court session.

27 May: The judge rules to reject the defense’s proposed witnesses: a lawyer and two senior members of the National League for Democracy. They include the prominent the journalist and former political prisoner, Win Tin, the party's vice chairman; Tin Oo, an NLD member currently under house arrest: and lawyer Khin Moe Moe.

26 May: Aung San Suu Kyi testifies that she did not violate the terms of her house arrest, saying she only offered temporary shelter to a US man who swam to her lakeside home.

Kyi Win, Suu Kyi’s lawyer, testifies that her harboring Yettaw did not constitute a violation of her house arrest and that it was the duty of government guards outside her compound to prevent any intrusions.

Journalists and diplomats attend the trial.

25 May: The prosecution abruptly drops eight remaining witnesses.

Authorities will allow 21 journalists, 10 from local media and 11 representing foreign media, to cover the trial.

The prosecution questions Suu Kyi and she testifies: "I did not inform them," when asked by the judge whether she had told Burma's military authorities about the intrusion. "I allowed him to have temporary shelter."

She testifies Yettaw left at 11:45 pm on May 5, adding: "I only knew that he went to the lakeside. I did not know which way he went because it was dark."

23 May: The state-own daily newspaper The New Light of Myanmar reports on the fifth day of Suu Kyi’s trial.

Items left by an uninvited American visitor are presented as evidence for the prosecution, including a book on the Mormon faith and a personal letter, which establish Yettaw’s presence and could be used to convict and imprison Suu Kyi on charges of violating her house arrest, according to the newspaper.

22 May: Prosecutors accuse Suu Kyi of accepting items left by John William Yettaw.

The special government court in Insein Prison accepts charges against Suu Kyi that she violated the terms of her house arrest.

21 May: The prosecution spends almost two hours showing a video said to have been shot by Yettaw at Suu Kyi's house during visit.

20 May: Day Three of the trial. Ten journalists and 30 diplomats are allowed inside the courtroom. Five of the journalists are from local government-friendly publications while the other five are from international news media and are chosen by drawing lots.

Thai, Singaporean and Russian ambassadors are permitted to meet with Suu Kyi in her “guest house” in Insein Prison. Suu Kyi reportedly looks healthy and appears confident during the 45-minute hearing.

19 May: The trial continues behind closed doors. Suu Kyi is led into the courtroom by women security officers. Five more prosecution witnesses are called, including Lt-Col Maung Muang Khin of the Criminal Investigation Department and immigration officer Myat Twin. Suu Kyi and other defendants are denied requests to address the court. Burma’ state-run press report on the case against Suu Kyi for the first time.

18 May: Suu Kyi’s trial begins at Insein Special Court. A police official is the first witness called by the prosecution. Police set up barbed wire barricades as roadblocks as crowds gather on the road leading to the prison.

15 May: Two of Suu Kyi’s lawyers, Aung Thein and Khin Maung Shein, are dismissed from Burma’s bar.

May 14: Suu Kyi and her two “companions” are arrested and transferred to Insein prison where they are detained in a guest house within the jail’s compound; Suu Kyi, her two companions and Yettaw are charged; Suu Kyi’s lawyer announces she is to be tried on May 18; State-run newspapers publish a biography of Yettaw.

May 13: US embassy officials meet with Yettaw for three minutes at an interrogation center in Rangoon.

May 11: Dr Pyone Mo Ei revisits Suu Kyi and administers an intravenous drip.

May 8: Dr Pyone Mo Ei pays Suu Kyi a medical visit for about 2 hours.

May 7: State-run media report that a US citizen swam to Suu Kyi’s house and stayed for three days; More than 20 police briefly enter Suu Kyi’s compound; Suu Kyi’s lawyer announces that she is “not safe”; Dr Tin Myo Win is refused entry to the compound and is then arrested.

May 6: Yettaw is fished out of the lake by police and arrested.

May 3: Yettaw swims across Inya Lake to Suu Kyi’s house.

May 2: American John William Yettaw arrives in Rangoon on a tourist visa.

May 1: Burmese military authorities reject an appeal to release Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest.


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