Monday, August 11, 2008

Myanmar update

House arrest sucks, especially if it's because the dictatorship that governs your nation imprisoned you for your call for democracy.

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Detained Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has met with her lawyer for the first time in five years, one of her colleagues said Sunday.

Nyan Win, a spokesman for Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party, said she consulted her lawyer about the detention law under which she has been confined without trial for more than 12 of the past 19 years. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has been detained continuously since May 2003, most of the time under house arrest.

Nyan Win quoted the lawyer as saying that Suu Kyi appeared to be in very good health when they met Friday. She was last seen by her doctor in May.

Her house arrest was extended by one year in May, even though the action seemed to defy a law that stipulates that no one can be held longer than five years without being released or put on trial.

But a commentary in June in the state-owned New Light of Myanmar newspaper, which closely reflects government opinion, said detentions are permissible for as long as six years under a 1975 "Law Safeguarding the State from Dangers of Subversive Elements."

The conditions under which the meeting with lawyer Kyi Win was arranged were unclear, since Suu Kyi is allowed virtually no contact with outsiders, aside from occasional meetings with fellow party executives.

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