A court in Myanmar heard final arguments Monday on trial of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi who would be sentenced to prison for five years if found guilty of breaching a security law.
The 64-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate is charged with violating the terms of her house arrest by allowing an uninvited American man who swam to her lakeside home and stayed for two days.
However, Suu Kyi's lawyer, Nyan Win, said he did not believe a verdict was imminent.
I expect all the arguments will be made today but I think the verdict might take as long as two or three weeks, he said.
A guilty verdict is widely expected in a country where courts are known to rule in favor of the army, which has governed the former Burma for nearly 50 years.
At Monday's hearing, defense lawyers submitted an application to the court to call a Myanmar foreign ministry official to appear as an additional defense witness.
We have asked the Myanmar foreign ministry to appear before the court with the necessary records, in order to have a fair trial, Nyan Win said.
During the session, the lawyer for American John W. Yettaw, 53, of Falcon, Missouri, gave his final arguments Monday.
Yettaw has pleaded not guilty and explained in court that he had a dream that Suu Kyi would be assassinated and he had gone to warn her.
Two female companions of Suu Kyi also presented statements before the court.
Diplomats from the United States, Singapore, Australia, Japan, the Philippines and Malaysia were allowed to attend the morning session but not the key afternoon one. However authorities allowed U.S. Consul Colin Furst to be present in the afternoon because an American was standing trial.
The trial was adjourned until Tuesday when her defense team will give their reply to final prosecution arguments, Suu Kyi's lawyer said.
The trial has drawn condemnation from the international community and Suu Kyi's local supporters, who worry the ruling junta has found an excuse to keep her in prison through elections planned for next year.