Burma's supreme court has rejected a lawsuit brought by democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi against the ruling junta for dissolving her opposition party ahead of Nov. 7 elections. The National League for Democracy was disbanded for boycotting the vote.
AFP - Myanmar's Supreme Court has refused to hear democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi's lawsuit against the junta for dissolving her party ahead of elections, an official in the army-ruled country said Monday.
"The case was rejected by the Supreme Court in Naypyidaw," a government official, who did not want to named, told AFP.
In Pictures: Supporters celebrate Suu Kyi's release
Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest on Saturday in Rangoon.
Thousands of supporters rushed to Suu Kyi's crumbling mansion to catch a glimpse 'The Lady', who has come to symbolise the democratic movement in Burma.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has been detained for 15 of the past 21 years.
Jubilant crowds celebrated her hard fought release.
The people of Rangoon waved banners and wore t-shirts proclaiming their support.
PARIS: Saw Thuzar is part of the small Burmese community in Paris who braved the rain to celebrate Aung San Suu Kyi's release. "We have been waiting for this day for so long," she said. (Photo: Tony Todd)
PARIS: Nyan Win (left) and Thuta Tun. "We are not sure if she will be allowed to continue politically, but the people of Burma want democracy and are ready to follow her," says Nyan. "She is intelligent and educated. The generals are not." (Photo: Tony Todd)
Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) was disbanded for boycotting the November 7 vote in response to rules that seemed designed to bar the dissident from taking part.
Her legal team said it would discuss its next move with the Nobel Peace Prize winner.
"We have to see whether we can go for a special appeal to take it further," said one of her lawyers, Kyi Win.
Court verdicts in the army-ruled country rarely favour opposition activists.
Suu Kyi, who co-founded the party, unsuccessfully filed an earlier lawsuit with the Supreme Court aimed at preventing its abolition.
Her lawyers filed the second suit on her behalf in October, aimed at reversing the dissolution.
Myanmar's courts also rejected a series of appeals against her house arrest before it expired just over a week ago, resulting in her release after seven straight years of detention.
The NLD was founded in 1988 after a popular uprising against the military junta that left thousands dead. Two years later the party won elections in a landslide but the results were never recognised by the regime.
This month's election, the first since the 1990 vote, has been widely criticised by democracy activists and Western governments as a charade to create a facade of democracy after almost half a century of military rule.
Date created : 2010-11-22