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Aung San Suu Kyi Released to House Arrest, Says Doctor - 2003-09-26

Burma's pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is being discharged from the hospital Friday, a week after undergoing surgery.

Aung San Suu Kyi is leaving a Rangoon hospital and going home to recuperate, according to her personal physician, Tin Myo Win. The doctor told reporters that while recuperating, the pro-democracy leader will be under house arrest.

Until her hospitalization some 10 days ago, Burma's military government had held Aung San Suu Kyi in an undisclosed location since May 30. On that day, pro-government supporters attacked her political convoy in northern Burma. The government says her detention is for her own safety, a claim the international community disputes.

Sending Aung San Suu Kyi home, even under house arrest, is seen by many as a bid by the government to ease pressure from its Asian neighbors, the United States and the European Union.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been kept under house arrest for much of the last 14 years due to her pro-democracy stance and leadership of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD).