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Burma Believed to Extend Detention of Aung San Suu Kyi


The house arrest of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is reported to have been extended.

Reuters news agency quotes a source from Burma's Home Ministry as saying her sentence was extended by a year. Her current sentence was due to expire this month.

The head of the National League for Democracy has spent 10 of the last 16 years in detention, mostly under house arrest.

Mark Farmaner of Burma Campaign U.K. told VOA's Burmese Service Aung San Suu Kyi's detention was extended because the generals are afraid of the support she has in the country. He says the generals are hoping the world will forget about her.

Both the United States and the European Union have imposed sanctions on Burma for its suppression of the pro-democracy movement.

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