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Aung San Suu Kyi Returns Home From Hospital - 2003-09-26


Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has returned home after being discharged from a Rangoon hospital where she underwent major surgery last week.

This is the first time since the end of May that the 58-year-old Nobel laureate has been allowed to go to her residence. She was detained at an undisclosed location until entering the hospital for what was described as a gynecological problem.

A government statement (Friday) said Aung San Suu Kyi will continue to rest at home under the supervision of her doctors. It said Burma's military rulers are ready to assist her with both medical and humanitarian needs.

Earlier in the day, her personal physician, Tin Myo Win, said the government will keep her in detention at her home. He also said military authorities will screen all her visitors.

Dr. Tin Myo Win read a statement from the opposition leader thanking her supporters for their concern. Dozens of people congregated outside the hospital over the past week to show their support for her.

Burma's military government has detained Aung San Suu Kyi in one manner or another for the better part of the past decade and a-half. Several other countries, including the United States and Japan, have imposed economic sanctions on the government to force dialogue with the opposition.

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

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