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Suu Kyi trial resumes as spotlight leaves Burma

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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.

Even Ms. Suu Kyi's lawyers sometimes seem resigned to losing their case, the Wall Street Journal reports.

“We have the law on our side, but we don't know if the judges are on our side,” lawyer Kyi Wynn was quoted as saying in a Burmese exile newspaper, the Irrawaddy.

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