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Clinton Denounces Aung San Suu Kyi Conviction

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday denounced the conviction of Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi. Our correspondent is in the Democratic Republic of Congo, part of Clinton's diplomatic tour of Africa.

Secretary of State Clinton again called for Aung San Suu Kyi's release from house arrest following her conviction.

"She should not have been tried and she should not have been convicted," said Hillary Clinton.

The Burmese pro-democracy activist will spend another 18 months under house arrest for violating the terms of her previous house arrest when she was visited by American John Yettaw. He was sentenced to seven years in prison, including four years of hard labor.

Taking questions from reporters following a meeting with Congolese President Joseph Kabila, Clinton said the Obama administration is concerned about what she called Yettaw's "harsh" sentence, especially in light of his poor health.

She said the United States continues to call for the release of more than 2,000 political prisoners in Burma and that the military government must end repression and open a dialogue with its political opponents.

"Otherwise, the elections they have scheduled for next year will have absolutely no legitimacy," she said.

Aung San Suu Kyi has spent 14 of the past 20 years under some form of detention, mostly house arrest.