Myanmar: Suu Kyi appeal refused, Singapore 'disappointed'

Updated On: Mar 02, 2010

The house arrest of Myanmar's leading dissident Aung San Suu Kyi's will continue, after the Supreme Court of Myanmar refused an appeal to shorten it. The current 18-month sentence extension was ordered after an uninvited American swam across a lake to Suu Kyi's home, where Suu Kyi allowed him to stay.

The ruling comes months before Myanmar is set to adopt a new constitution and hold elections as part of a "road map" for a return to civilian rule.

Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its disappointment over the verdict, and said that a dialogue among the Myanmar authorities, Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political groups ahead of this year's elections would offer the best prospects for national reconciliation and the long-term political stability of Myanmar.

Myanmar Denies Dissident's Appeal [New York Times, 26 Feb 2010]
Suu Kyi ruling 'disappointing' [Straits Times, 26 Feb 2010]

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