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Myanmar's Suu Kyi calls conviction 'unfair'

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi called the verdict returning her to house arrest "totally unfair" but remains cheerful and alert, her lawyer said Wednesday.

Four of her lawyers were allowed to visit the Nobel Peace Prize laureate at her lakeside home for an hour to discuss an appeal of her conviction Tuesday on charges of violating the terms of her previous house arrest.

A Myanmar court found Suu Kyi, 64, guilty of sheltering American John Yettaw, an uninvited visitor. Her sentence of three years in prison with hard labor was reduced to 18 months of house arrest by order of the head of the country's ruling military junta, Senior Gen. Than Shwe.

"Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said the conviction was totally unfair and the court's assessment of the case was not just," lawyer Nyan Win said. "Daw" is a term of respect for older women.

Her defense team will appeal as soon as it receives a certified copy of the judgment from the district court, Nyan Win said.

Suu Kyi's detention will keep her from participating in the junta's planned elections next year, the first polls since 1990, when her party won overwhelmingly but was not allowed to take power.

The U.N. Security Council's five permanent members met for more than an hour at U.N. headquarters in New York on Wednesday but failed to reach agreement on how to respond to the verdict in Suu Kyi's case.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi calls conviction 'unfair' 08/12/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 9:22pm]
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