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Suu Kyi's detention to continue: Analysts

The Opposition leader has been in and out of detention since her return to Myanmar in 1988. She was last arrested on May 30, 2003.

india Updated: May 15, 2006 10:44 IST

Myanmar's military regime is expected to renew National League For Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest when her current detention term expires May 27, say political analysts.

The analysts told Mizzima News, a news agency run by Myanmarese in exile, that they expected the military - the Junta - to continue to detain Suu Kyi without formally announcing an extension.

Nyo Ohn Myint, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Thai-based National Council of the Union of Burma, said: "I don't think (the Junta) will release her from detention, as they want to wipe out the NLD party".

Suu Kyi has been in and out of detention since her return to Myanmar in 1988. She was last arrested May 30, 2003, when her motorcade was brutally attacked by a military-backed mob.

In November 2003, the Junta announced she would spend a year under house arrest. The military then continued to extend her detention every six months.

Tint Shwe, minister for the Prime Minister's Office of the exiled National Coalition Government, said it was hard to tell exactly when Suu Kyi's latest detention term would finish since the military was "notorious" for ignoring its own deadlines.

"The date must be before the end of May but I am not sure because the Junta's calendar is different and complicated," said Shwe.

NLD spokesperson Myint Thein said: "Looking at the current political scenario, there is no sign for her release."

In the past month, the military has forced many NLD members to resign from the party. They have also threatened to outlaw the opposition, claiming it has links with terrorist groups.