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Aung San Suu Kyi House Arrest Extended One Year - 2004-11-29


The party of Burma's detained pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, says her house arrest has been extended for another year.

National League for Democracy spokesman U Lwin said today (Monday) that military government officials informed the Nobel peace laureate about the extension on Saturday.

The government has held Aung San Suu Kyi since May of 2003, following a clash between her supporters and a pro-government mob.

This news comes a few days after the ruling military said it released 9,248 prisoners who were promised freedom under a mass release program.

Burmese officials said only 40 opposition dissidents were freed.

It is not clear whether the latest news will affect a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations going on in Laos.

Information for this report is provided by AFP and Reuters.

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