Friday, February 26, 2010

OMG, you won't believe this


Aung San Suu Kyi


Court rejects Suu Kyi appeal

How could anyone have seen this coming? Life is just full or inexplicable surprises.

Myanmar supreme court rejects opposition leader's appeal against extended house arrest.

The long-awaited ruling was delivered on Friday in the former capital, Yangon.

Her lawyers had earlier said they were optimistic that the court would rule in their favour, although court judgements in military-ruled Myanmar rarely go in favour of the opposition.

Following the supreme court rejection, she can make one final appeal to Myanmar's chief justice.

The appeals of two female assistants against similar periods of detention were also thrown out.

The Nobel peace laureate was sentenced last August to an additional 18 months under house arrest after being convicted of breaking the terms of her detention by sheltering an uninvited American man who swam to her lakeside villa.

She had initially been sentenced to three years in prison with hard labour, but that sentence was immediately commuted to 18 months of house arrest by Senior General Than Shwe, the head of Myanmar's ruling military.

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Aung San Suu Kyi has already spent most of the past 20 years in jail or under house arrest.



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