Burma's Pro-democracy Leader Convicted

Leader will be under house arrest during Junta-led elections

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2009  |  Updated 3:30 AM CDT
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Burma's Pro-democracy Leader Convicted

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"I hope we can all work for peace and prosperity of the country," Suu Kyi said in a soft voice to diplomats seated nearby. She then was led out of the courtroom.

Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to another 18 months under house arrest.

A Myanmar court found Suu Kyi guilty of violating the terms of her house arrest and sentenced her to three years of hard labor, The New York Times reported.

But after a five minute recess, Suu Kyi was informed that junta leader Than Shwe had commuted the sentence in half, and said she could serve it under house arrest.

The activist and Nobel laureate has been jailed for 14 of the last 20 years, much of the time under house arrest.

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