Myanmar extends Aung San Suu Kyi house arrest

The Myanmar government extended on Friday the house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of one of the main political parties in the country, for another one year, according to well-informed sources.

The term of her house arrest was extended two days before the previous term is to expire on Sunday.

Aung San Suu Kyi, general-secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD), has been put under detention and later house arrest for the third time since the Dabayin bloody incident on May 30, 2003, in which clashes occurred between supporters of the government and those of the NLD when she was on a political trip in northern part of the country.

The incident took place at the point of Dabayin in Sagaing division where her convoy was reportedly attacked by government supporters.

Aung San Suu Kyi, 61, has spent most of the last 17 years under house arrest since July 1989, the first being for nearly six years until July 1995 on charge of endangering security of the state. The second time was from September 2000 to May 2002 for her defiance of the government's travel restriction by forcing her way to the second largest city of Mandalay.

Source: Xinhua



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