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Myanmar court to hear Suu Kyi's case

Myanmar court to hear Suu Kyi's case
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to a crowd in this undated photo. (UPI Photo) | License Photo

OSLO, Norway, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court in Myanmar agreed to hear a case filed by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi over a decision to dissolve her political party, a lawyer said.

Myanmar has a general election next month that military authorities said moves the country along the path toward civilian leadership. The military junta was criticized, however, for a decision last month to disband 10 political parties, including Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy.

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Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, led the NLD to a victory in 1990 elections but military authorities refused to recognize the outcome. She has remained under house arrest for nearly 15 years.

Nyan Win, a lawyer for Suu Kyi and NLD spokesman, said the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, the Democratic Voice of Burma reports.

"The Supreme Court agreed to accept our lawsuit and to register it," the lawyer said.

The NLD was disbanded because it refused to register formally as an opposition party, citing a law that bans Suu Kyi from the political process, the report adds. She may be eligible to vote in the November election, however.

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The military junta said it may release the opposition leader before the vote.

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