A court in Burma has adjourned the trial of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi with a verdict now expected next month.

The verdict for breaching the terms of her house arrest is now expected to come on 11 August.

Ms Suu Kyi faces up to five years in jail if convicted.

'The judge said he was adjourning the trial because of the need to interpret legal terms relating to the 1974 constitution,' said the diplomat who had attended the proceedings.

Journalists have been barred from the trial in Burma, which is also known as Myanmar.

Ms Suu Kyi was charged after a US man, John Yettaw, swam across the Inya lake to her home on 4 May, where he stayed, uninvited, for two days.

The Nobel laureate's lawyers have argued that she should be acquitted because the law she is charged under was part of the 1974 constitution, a charter that is no longer in use.

The international community has expressed outrage over the trial and made repeated demands for the charges to be dropped and Ms Suu Kyi be freed.

Opponents of the Burmese military government say the trial is an attempt to keep Ms Suu Kyi in detention before and during elections next year, which they say will be a sham intended to legitimise the regime.