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Burmese Court Suspends Suu Kyi's Sentence - 2003-02-21


A Rangoon court sentenced Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to a week in jail after she was found guilty in connection with a domestic dispute, but the sentence was later suspended.

The Nobel Peace laureate was fined 83 dollars (black market exchange rate is 50 cents) or seven days in jail today (Friday) for an altercation she had last year with her cousin, Ko Soe Aung.

Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi refused to pay the fine, saying the trial was politically motivated, and said she would rather go to jail.

Her lawyer said the court suspended the sentence after he filed an appeal to have the ruling revised.

Last May, the democracy leader filed a physical assault complaint against her cousin. He later filed a complaint against her for wrongfully preventing him from entering the compound where they both lived.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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