Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Verdict expected soon in inheritance dispute between Suu Kyi, brother

Tuesday, 30 August 2011 18:30 Myo Thant

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The Burmese Supreme Court will issue a ruling soon in an inheritance suit involving the brother of Aung San Suu Kyi, who has appealed for an injunction to stop her from renovating her lakeside home.

Attorney Nyan Win, Suu Kyi’s lawyer, said her brother, Aung San Oo, lodged an appeal against the Rangoon Region High Court’s rejection of a request for a court order blocking Suu Kyi from renovating her family’s lakeside property.

Aung San Suu Kyi reads a book at the side of her family home, which is the subject of a lawsuit filed against her by her brother. Photo: Mizzima

“The case has reached the last stage,” said Nyan Win, and the court’s ruling could be delivered at any time now.

Attorneys for Aung San Oo and Suu Kyi testified before the Supreme Court in Rangoon on Tuesday morning.

The roof of Suu Kyi’s house on University Avenue Road was destroyed after Cyclone Nargis hit Burma in May 2008. The Rangoon Municipality permitted her to renovate the home, which underwent work from November 2008 to April 2010. Aung San Oo sought an injunction from the Rangoon Region High Court in January 2010 to halt the renovations of the house, which is an inheritance from their mother. The court rejected his plea in April 2010, and he appealed to the Supreme Court in Rangoon Region on May 13, 2010.

The late Prime Minister U Nu gave the colonial-era house to Khin Kyi, Suu Kyi’s and Aung San Oo’s mother, while she served as envoy to India. Since 1988, Suu Kyi has lived in the house in Bahan Township.

Aung San Oo had filed a lawsuit against Aung San Suu Kyi in 2001 for manipulating the inheritance.

On August 8, Suu Kyi filed a lawsuit against Aung San Oo for an interview he gave to the Rangoon-based Monitor Journal, in which he said he won his lawsuit against Suu Kyi. She also sued Hla Myint Swe, the publisher of the journal, and chief editor Myat Khaing.

Nyan Win told Mizzima that the Rangoon Region High Court had accepted Suu Kyi’s lawsuit.

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