Tue 27 Feb 2007
Filed under: Inside Burma,News
The Sanchaung Court today, once again postponed the trail relating to a pro-democracy activist who has filed a defamation suit against 123 editors and publishers of local journals for publishing articles linking her to a pimp.
Naw Ohn Hla (45) a former member of the opposition party, the National League for Democracy and a former political prisoner had filed the case on January 26 but it was postponed for the third time by Judge Khin San Myint. Now the court has set the date for March 9 to decide whether to begin trail.
”Last time, the court postponed the trial to review the case. Now, she has set the date again to order whether to start a trail,” said Naw Ohn Hla.
The articles linked Naw Ohn Hla to a known, now deceased pimp from an area of Rangoon where she lives now.
She is an active supporter of Aung San Suu Kyi and visits the country’s famous Shwedagon pagoda every Tuesday to pray for the release of the Nobel Peace Laureate.
The unexpected filing of the case by Naw Ohn Hla, in a country under military stranglehold, has stopped harsh personal attacks against well-known pro-democracy activists in local weeklies though pro-junta commentaries continue to appear.
Journalists in Rangoon expressed their uneasiness on condition of annonymity. They told Mizzima that the Information Ministry was pressurizing them to publish undesirable articles as part of its propaganda against the opposition.