World Leaders Condemn Burma Verdict
Posted on Aug 11, 2009
Burma’s military junta has kept Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for the majority of the last 20 years and it looks as if she isn’t going anywhere. The sentence of the opposition leader was extended for the crime of being home—under house arrest—when an uninvited American came calling.
Leaders from the U.N., the U.S., Europe and Southeast Asia have all condemned the verdict.
The man whose visit was used as a pretext to continue holding her is facing his own problems.
Ms Suu Kyi was on trial for allowing a US national, John Yettaw, into her lakeside home after he swam there uninvited. Mr Yettaw was jailed for seven years, including four years of hard labour.
Critics of Burma’s military regime say the verdict is designed to prevent Ms Suu Kyi from taking part in elections scheduled for 2010.
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