Myanmar sentences Suu Kyi to more house arrest
YANGON, Myanmar – A Myanmar court convicted Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday of violating her house arrest by allowing an uninvited American to stay at her home. The head of the military-ruled country ordered the democracy leader to serve an 18-month sentence under house arrest.
The 64-year-old opposition leader has already spent 14 of the last 20 years in detention, mostly under house arrest, and the extension will remove her from the political scene when the junta stages elections next year.
The sentence, which drew international condemnation, was handed down along with a stretch of seven years with hard labor for the American intruder, 53-year-old John Yettaw.
The U.N. Security Council said it would meet in a closed-door emergency session Tuesday afternoon to discuss Myanmar. France, which called for the meeting, planned to push for a statement and a public session.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Suu Kyi should never have been put on trial and called for all political prisoners in Myanmar — a group she said Yettaw falls into — to be released.
In the litany of criticism, world leaders seemed to be struggling to sufficiently express their disgust: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "deplores" the verdict, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called it "monstrous," French President Nicolas Sarkozy "brutal and unjust."