Court accepts Suu Kyi appeal

Lawyers for detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said today a Burmese court had accepted their request to appeal against the conviction that extended the democracy leader’s house arrest by 18 months.

Lawyer Nyan Win said the Divisional Court in Rangoon has scheduled the appeal for September 18.

A lower court ruled on August 11 that Ms Suu Kyi was guilty of breaking the terms of her earlier detention after an uninvited American visitor stayed at her home. She was sentenced to serve an additional 18 months of house arrest.

The case drew international condemnation and renewed calls for Ms Suu Kyi’s freedom.

Ms Suu Kyi has spent 14 of the last 20 years in detention.

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