Aung San Suu Kyi’s estranged brother demands sale of iconic Yangon house


YANGON — Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s elder brother has demanded she sell their mother’s Yangon estate, including the lakeside house in which the State Counsellor spent 15 years under house arrest.

U Aung San Oo first demanded his share in Daw Khin Kyi’s estate in 2000 and Yangon’s Western District Court ruled in November 2016 that he would receive one half of the 1.923-acre compound on Yangon’s University Avenue, including a single-storey house.

The court ruled that Aung San Suu Kyi would receive the iconic two-storey brick house in which she spent long stretches of house arrest over a period of two decades, and which served as a hub for the National League for Democracy, the formerly dissident party that she still leads.

Aung San Oo appealed against the ruling at the Supreme Court in Nay Pyi Taw on October 17, demanding that the house with its compound be put up for auction and the profits split.

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“The money earned from putting the house and compound up for auction would be divided equally between us,” Aung San Oo told journalists outside the court after submitting the appeal. “This is the clearest way. I’m not making an unfair demand.”

Aung San Oo’s lawyer, U Aye Lwin, said on October 17 that his client appealed because the house he inherited is in bad repair and because part of the compound apportioned to him was left by Khin Kyi to another relative, U Khin Maung Aye.

“It is important to respect the decision of the Supreme Court,” Aung San Oo said. “I believe there will be no more problems if the right decision is made.”

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