Suu Kyi fit to face trial verdict

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The health of the Burmese opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has improved and she is ready to face a verdict that could see her jailed for up to five years, lawyers said yesterday. Ms Suu Kyi, whose trial for violating her house arrest will hear final arguments on Friday, was feeling better after she complained of leg cramps and a lack of sleep.

The Nobel laureate, 63, has been held at a guest house in Rangoon's Insein prison since 14 May. She may be jailed for three to five years if found guilty of breaking the terms of her house arrest by allowing an American intruder to stay for two days after he swam to her home on 4 May.