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Burmese High Court to Hear Aung San Suu Kyi's Appeal


Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi smiles following meeting with US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell (not pictured) 4 Nov 2009

Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi smiles following meeting with US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell (not pictured) 4 Nov 2009

Burma's Supreme Court has agreed to hear opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's appeal against her conviction of violating the terms of her house arrest.

Burma's Supreme Court has agreed to hear opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's appeal against her conviction of violating the terms of her house arrest.

In an announcement posted on its notice board Friday, the high court said it will hear the Nobel Peace laureate's appeal on December 21.

Aung San Suu Kyi was convicted in August for giving shelter to an American man who swam uninvited to her lakeside Rangoon house in May. She was sentenced to an additional 18 months of house arrest. Serving the extra time would prevent her from participating in next year's elections.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been under some form of detention for 14 of the last 20 years.

She told the Burmese military regime in September she would cooperate in getting the United States and European Union to lift sanctions imposed against the regime because of its rights abuses.

Aung San Suu Kyi held private talks last month with U.S. Secretary of State Kurt Campbell and Campbell's deputy, Scott Marciel, at a Rangoon hotel.

Campbell was the highest ranking U.S. official to visit Burma since then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Madeleine Albright visited in September of 1995.

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