Myanmar minister claims Aung San Suu Kyi to be freed November after elections
January 26, 2010
Myanmar (ChattahBox) — Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will be freed when her house arrest ends in November, according to a government minister. Home Minister Major General Maung Oo made the announcement at a meeting of local officials last Thursday in the town of Kyaukpadaung, in central Myanmar, according to Reuters, which cited two sources who attended the event. Reports also quoted Maung Oo as saying the elections would be “free and fair.” However the timing of her possible release would ensure Aung San Suu Kyi could not be involved in this year’s parliamentary elections, the first for two decades, which observers think will be held in October. Provisions ensure the military a controlling stake in government no matter what the results so Suu Kyi’s party has not yet decided whether to take part in the election, the date of which has not yet been set.
The 64-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has been detained for 15 of the past 21 years, was sentenced last year to 18 months of house arrest for harboring an American John Yettaw, who swam across a lake to sneak uninvited into her lakeside compound.
Another long-serving detainee, National League for Democracy (NLD) deputy leader Tin Oo, a former defense minister and retired general, will also be freed on Feb 13 after 10 years in detention, Reuters reported yesterday.