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Burma Releases Prominent Rights Activist

Opposition officials in Burma say a prominent human rights activist has been released from custody after spending two and a half weeks in detention.

The opposition National League for Democracy says Su Su Nway was released on health grounds and remains in the hospital for an unknown medical condition. It said armed guards had been watching her since her hospitalization, but were removed Thursday.

Su Su Nway was arrested with a group of pro-democracy activists in Rangoon on May 15. The protesters were demanding the release of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi,

Su Su Nway won an unprecedented victory in Burmese courts in 2005 against village officials after she and her neighbors were forced to repair a road without pay.

She was arrested shortly after her legal victory for allegedly threatening and swearing at authorities and served nine months in prison.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.