Suu Kyi trial resumes as spotlight leaves Burma(Read article summary)
It picked up again one day after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for the democracy leader's release at a summit in Thailand.
The trial of Aung San Suu Kyi resumed Friday after several weeks of on-and-off delays, with the defense presenting its closing arguments in a courtroom closed to reporters.
The holdup may have been intended to help the government of Burma (Myanmar) lay low during a time of international attention – including at a regional summit this week, held next door in Thailand and attended by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Not that any of the high-profile criticism since the trial began in May appears to be deterring Burma’s junta from bringing this trial toward its widely expected end: a guilty verdict for the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and a sentence of up to five more years in prison.
Trial seen as political ploy
Many analysts see the trial as a ploy to keep the democracy leader out of elections scheduled for next year.