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Aung San verdict expected today


A verdict in the trial of the Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi may be released later today. She was taken into custody in May, accused of breaching the terms of her house arrest. She has spent much of the last two decades confined to her home despite being widely-acclaimed as having won elections in 1990, which were ignored by Myanmar’s ruling military junta.

Aung San is being held at the notorious Insein Prison in Myanmar’s old capital Rangoon while the court considers its verdict. Prosecutors say she violated her house arrest by allowing American John Yettaw to stay overnight after he swam to her home. He said he had been sent by God to warn her she was about to be assassinated. The verdict has been delayed several times amid fears the generals plan to keep Aung San out of sight in the run-up to new elections scheduled for next year.

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