Suu Kyi to Appeal Court's Decision on House

By Aung Thet Wine 25 June 2012

An appeal will be submitted in response to a recent decision reached by Rangoon’s Western District Court regarding Aung San Suu Kyi’s lakeside home on No. 54/56 University Avenue, her lawyer Nyan Win told The Irrawaddy.

Aung San Oo, Suu Kyi’s eldest brother, filed a lawsuit against his sister to claim half of the house and the court decided in his favor on June 22.

“Aung San Oo is a US citizen and a foreigner doesn’t have the right to own land or a house in Burma. We will submit an appeal to Rangoon Divisional Court first and if it doesn’t work, to higher levels,” explained Nyan Win.

He said the decision was made when Suu Kyi was on overseas trip and a review is needed to see whether it was made lawfully. There are also other factors to think about, he said.

“The recent decision was just a first step. We will appeal it until the end,” said the lawyer.

“We haven’t received details of the decision yet. We will review if it was lawfully made. We also want to wait for Suu Kyi’s return and receive further instructions from her.”

In 1953, Suu Kyi and Aung San Oo, together with their mother, moved to this house built on an approximately two acres of land. Before that, they were living in rental property that became a museum called “Bogyoke Aung San Museum” in 1962 to honor Burma’s independence architect, Gen Aung San.