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  • » 01/29/2010, 00.00


    Aung San Suu Kyi criticises the junta's announcement of her "liberation"

    The leader of the National League for Democracy condemns with “harsh words" the announcement of Major Maung Oo, according to who she will be released in November. The woman recalls that the trial is still pending and the words of the minister "may hinder the decision of the court”. The final ruling within a month.

    Yangon (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Aung San Suu Kyi considers the words of Major Maung Oo, Burmese Minister of Interior "unfair" and "inappropriate", after he informally announced her release in November. The leader of National League for Democracy (NLD) speaks of obstacles to the current trial, since the Supreme Court has yet to decide on the appeal lodged by her lawyers against the sentencing to house arrest.

    Yesterday Nyan Win met the Nobel Laureate in her home between one and 3.30 pm local time. "[Aung San Suu Kyi] has reported that such statements about her release - highlights the lawyer - may hinder the decision of the court, on her final appeal”.  

    On 21 January during a summit in Kyaukpadaung - a small town 565 km north of Yangon - the Major Maung Oo said that the "Lady" will return to freedom at the end the term of her house arrest in November 2010. He also reiterated that the junta will hold "free and fair" elections. the date fixed for the vote is not yet known, but it is likely to be held in October, before the release of opposition leader.

    Nyan Win added that the statements of the Burmese Minister, according to Aung San Suu Kyi, were "absolutely inappropriate, while the court decision is still pending".  She used strong words – revealed the lawyer - in reporting her views on the whole affair."  

    The opposition leader has spent 14 of the last 20 years under house arrest. In August, the court extended the house arrest for another 18 months, because she hosted a U.S. citizen who had entered her house. A story that appeared immediately as an excuse to keep the Nobel Peace Prize Winner under confinement and to her exclude from political elections, convened by the military dictatorship in 2010.  

    On 18 January the lawyers of Aung San Suu Kyi filed the final appeal to the Supreme Court of Yangon. The sentence should arrive within a month.

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    28/10/2010 MYANMAR
    Aung San Suu Kyi, may be freed after elections in Myanmar
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    16/12/2009 MYANMAR
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    27/05/2009 MYANMAR
    Aung San Suu Kyi fights back, blaming breach of security on police
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    11/11/2010 MYANMAR
    Supreme Court rejects appeal to overturn Aung San Suu Kyi’s conviction
    Court upholds her 18-month sentence of house arrest, which ends this Friday. Opposition officials want guarantees about the Nobel prize winner’s safety. Her son Aris might be allowed to meet his mother in Yangon after a ten-year separation.

    14/02/2006 MYANMAR
    House arrest for 80-year-old pro-democracy leader Tin Oo extended
    U Tin Oo and Aung San Suu Kyi founded the National League for Democracy in 1989.

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