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Factbox: Five facts about Aung San Suu Kyi

world Updated: Aug 11, 2009 12:07 IST
Factbox: Five facts about Aung San Suu Kyi

A Myanmar court found opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi guilty on Tuesday of violating a security law, a ruling likely to trigger condemnation around the world and further isolate the military regime.

Suu Kyi was sentenced to three years in prison, which was reduced by half by the ruling junta. Authorities will allow Suu Kyi to serve her sentence at her Yangon home.

There is little chance she will play a role in next year's election, the first in Myanmar since the 1990 polls that her party won and the junta ignored.

Here are five facts about Suu Kyi, who went from being an English country housewife to an incarcerated Nobel peace laureate because of her fight for democracy in the Southeast Asian country.

-- Born in Rangoon (now Yangon) in June 1945, she is the daughter of General Aung San, an independence hero in the former Burma who was assassinated in 1947. Her mother Daw Khin Kyi was also a prominent public figure.

-- She studied politics in Delhi and philosophy, politics and economics at Britain's Oxford University. In 1972 she married British academic Michael Aris.

-- Suu Kyi returned to Yangon in April 1988 amid countrywide pro-democracy protests against the junta. Keen to continue her father's legacy, she entered politics and became secretary-general of the National League for Democracy (NLD).

-- The junta placed the charismatic and popular Suu Kyi under house arrest in July 1989 for "endangering the state". Even without her, the NLD won 392 of 485 parliamentary seats in Myanmar's first election in almost 30 years. The military, however, refused to relinquish power.

-- Suu Kyi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, has been in prison or under house arrest off and on since 1989. She was found guilty on Aug. 11, 2009, of breaking a security law by allowing American intruder John Yettaw to stay at her lakeside home for two nights. Critics said the charges were trumped up to keep her out of the 2010 polls.