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Supporters of Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi hold her portraits during their rally
outside Myanmar's embassy in Tokyo, July 31, 2009.

Suu Kyi Found Guilty, Sentenced to Lengthy House Arrest

August 11, 2009 10:00 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been found guilty of violating her house arrest. Her sentence is 18 months on house arrest.

Suu Kyi to Remain Imprisoned in Her Home

Suu Kyi's initial sentence of three years in prison was immediately dropped to 18 months on house arrest by Myanmar's junta leader Senior General Than Shwe, reports Deutsche Welle. Last May, a Myanmar court said Suu Kyi had violated her house arrest and "an internal security law" by permitting American John Yettaw to swim to her home. Yettaw was previously sentenced to seven years in prison and four years of hard labor.

According to Deutsche Welle, critics contend that Suu Kyi's case has been "a ploy by Burma's military rulers" to control her movements as the general elections being held next year draw near.

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