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Burma's Supreme Court Rejects Opposition Lawsuits - 2004-10-17


Burma's Supreme Court has dismissed opposition lawsuits filed by the National League for Democracy, demanding the military government free detained opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and reopen its offices.

The high court threw out the suits Thursday, the same day they were filed, saying they were not relevant under Burma's criminal code.

The NLD issued a statement saying lack of protection under local and international laws show the government's claim that there is rule of law in Burma is untrue.

The Nobel peace laureate and party leader U Tin Oo have been under detention since last May after a violent clash between party members and a pro-military mob.

NLD offices across the country were also shut down.

Information for this report is provided by AP and Reuters.

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