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Myanmar rejects new Suu Kyi appeal

Myanmar rejects new Suu Kyi appeal
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Burmese pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi has had her latest appeal against her house arrest rejected by the country’s Supreme Court.

It means that she will remain in detention throughout Myanmar’s elections this year.

Suu Kyi won the country’s last vote back in 1990 but Myanmar’s ruling military refused to recognise that result. In the time since she has spent a total of 15 years under house arrest.

The latest 18-month sentence came for allowing an American man who had swum across a lake to her house uninvited to stay.

Foreign diplomats including the French and British ambassadors to Myanmar said they were disappointed but in no way surprised by the court’s decision to reject her appeal.