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Aung San Suu Kyi’s appeal rejected

February 26, 2010

According to the Democratic Voice of Burma, Burma’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Aung San Suu Kyi against her house arrest being extended  after a bizarre incident in May 2009.

Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to a further 18 months of detention for harboring an American who swam uninvited to her lakeside home just before an earlier period of house arrest was due to end.

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The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has spent 14 of the last 20 years in jail or under house arrest, after her National League for Democracy (NLD) won Burma’s latest elections in 1990. The conviction of Aung San Suu Kyi for harbouring the uninvited guest and the Supreme Court’s rejection of her appeal can effectively bar her from running in the upcoming elections, which Junta chief Than Shwe has promised to hold at some point this year.

In January, Burmese home affairs minister Maung Oo,  reportedly stated that Aung San Suu Kyi would be released in November. However, according to the Democratic Voice of Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi herself dismissed this statement as “unfair” ahead of the court decision. After the decision by the Supreme Court, Suu Kyi can now make a final appeal to Burma’s chief justice, and her lawyers have indicated that they will pursue this option.

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