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news - Burma Judges Reject Suu Kyi's Appeal: Lawyers

october 2nd, 2009

"A Burma court Friday rejected an appeal by pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi against her extended house arrest, just days after the US re-engaged with the country's ruling junta.

Judges at a divisional court in Rangoon upheld the Nobel Laureate's conviction, her lawyer said, over an incident in which an American man swam uninvited to her home, earning her an extra 18 months in detention.

'The appeal was rejected but we will take it to the high court,' said Suu Kyi's lawyer and the spokesman for her National League for Democracy (NLD) party, Nyan Win, after the hearing.

Asked whether he was disappointed, the lawyer said Suu Kyi might have a better chance at Burma's high court.

Suu Kyi was not present for the verdict, which was delivered amid tight security with uniformed and plain-clothes policemen patrolling the area.

Military-ruled Burma has faced intense international pressure to free the opposition leader, especially from the United States which Tuesday held its highest-level talks with Burma in nearly a decade.

The Obama administration's decision to start a dialogue with Burma came after years of stalemate proved unproductive. But Washington has warned against lifting sanctions until the junta moves on democracy.

The US side demanded the release of Suu Kyi and other political prisoners when it met with the Burma delegation in New York, according to Kurt Campbell, US assistant secretary of state for East Asian affairs."

MORE: "Burma judges reject Suu Kyi's appeal: lawyers" (AFP)

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