Judges in Myanmar postponed the verdict Friday in pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi‘s trial until Aug. 11 — a sign, activists say, that the ruling junta is hesitating in the face of outrage abroad and fears of unrest at home.

The 64-year-old Nobel Peace laureate is accused of violating the terms of her house arrest when she harbored an American man who swam to her lakeside house and secretly entered the compound. Critics say the military has seized upon the bizarre intrusion as an excuse to keep Suu Kyi jailed through next year’s scheduled elections — the country’s first free vote in nearly two decades.