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Myanmar court refuses Suu Kyi appeal

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi suffered her latest courtroom loss on Thursday, but supporters and close aides remained optimistic that she will soon be granted freedom from house arrest.

world Updated: Nov 12, 2010 03:06 IST

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi suffered her latest courtroom loss on Thursday, but supporters and close aides remained optimistic that she will soon be granted freedom from house arrest.

The 65-year-old Nobel peace prize winner is due to complete her sentence on Saturday. The ruling junta has not confirmed that she will be set free but officials have quietly said they are making “necessary security preparations” for this weekend.

Suu Kyi has been detained for 15 of the past 21 years but was not convicted of any crime until August 2009.

She was sentenced to 18 months of additional house arrest for violating an earlier period of arrest by briefly sheltering an uninvited US man who swam across a lake to her home. Suu Kyi had already lost two previous appeals against the conviction and had filed a final appeal to the supreme court. The court posted its decision on a public noticeboard, saying only that the appeal was turned down, without explanation, according to her lawyer Nyan Win.