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Myanmar's Suu Kyi to file appeal on case next week

Myanmar's Suu Kyi to file appeal on case next week

Lawyers for Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi said Thursday they will file an appeal next week against the criminal conviction that put the democracy leader under house arrest for 18 more months.
The lawyers met for two hours Thursday afternoon with 64-year-old Nobel laureate to finalize details of her appeal, Nyan Win, one of the lawyers, said.
He declined to reveal details of the legal brief, but said it would be submitted to the Divisional Court in Yangon either Monday or Tuesday.
A district court on Aug. 11 found Suu Kyi guilty of violating the terms of her earlier detention by sheltering an uninvited American visitor at her home. The court convicted her to three years in prison with hard labor, but that sentence was reduced to 18 months of house arrest by order of military junta leader Senior Gen. Than Shwe.
The American, John Yettaw, who was sentenced to seven years in prison, was released on humanitarian grounds and deported on Aug. 16.
Suu Kyi and her two female companions returned to her tightly guarded home the day she was convicted. She has been detained for about 14 of the past 20 years for her nonviolent political activities, but this year was the first time she faced criminal charges.
Suu Kyi's sentence ensures she cannot participate in elections scheduled for next year. Her party swept elections in 1990 but the results have never been honored by the military, which has ruled the country since 1962.