U Aung San Oo gets share of family home

Volume 32, No. 633
July 2 - 8, 2012

YANGON – A Yangon court has awarded the estranged brother of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi half-ownership of the family home, where she spent 15 years under house arrest, her lawyer said last week.

The lakeside property in Yangon has been the subject of a legal battle between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her elder brother U Aung San Oo since 2000, when he filed a suit for a share of the house, which had been owned by their father, General Aung San.

Yangon’s West District Court on June 23 reversed an earlier court ruling and awarded him half-ownership of the home.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyer, U Nyan Win, said on June 25 that his client would appeal the ruling on the grounds that U Aung San Oo is a US citizen and Myanmar law prohibits foreigners from owning land.

Her only living sibling has been residing in the US since 1973.

“Myanmar’s inheritance law cannot give or cannot allow foreigners to have unmovable goods: land [or] buildings. Now Aung San Suu Kyi’s brother U Aung San Oo is a foreigner,” a spokesman for the National League for Democracy said.