By THE IRRAWADDY
Another letter requesting a meeting with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sent to Burmese Premier Gen Thein Sein by her lawyer, Kyi Win.
The letter was sent via post and should reach the premier after the Burmese New Year, Kyi Win told The Irrawaddy on Friday.
Her lawyer said the letter included another request for a meeting with Suu Kyi prior to a hearing on her extended detention on May 27.
Kyi Win, in his letter, recalled that he had previously sent a letter to Gen Thein Sein on March 13, in which he had also sought permission to meet with his client before the appeal hearing.
“We don’t have time much,” said Kyi Win. “We have just 48 days.”
When Kyi Win sent the earlier letter to Gen Thein Sein, the premier was on a trip to Singapore and Indonesia. Another letter was sent to Burmese authorities in Naypyidaw in November 2008.
Thein Sein, so far, has not responded to Kyi Win’s letters.
Suu Kyi has spent more than 13 of the past 19 years under house arrest in her Rangoon home.
Her latest five-year detention term was extended in May 2008 for a further year.
Kyi Win contends that the most recent extension is illegal because according to Article 10 (b) of the Burmese State Protection Law 1975, a person judged to be a “threat to the sovereignty and security of the State and the peace of the people” can only be detained for up to five years.