Myanmar to free Suu Kyi days after election: Officials

Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will be released after Myanmar`s first election.

Last Updated: Sep 30, 2010, 21:33 PM IST

Yangon: Democracy icon Aung San Suu
Kyi will be released just days after Myanmar`s first election
in two decades, officials said on Thursday.

The Nobel Peace laureate, who has been detained for
most of the last twenty years since winning the country`s last
general election, will be freed when her current term of house
arrest expires on November 13, the unnamed sources said.

"November will be an important and busy month for
us because of the election and because of Aung San Suu Kyi`s
release," a Myanmar official told AFP, noting the release
would come soon after the country`s November 7 poll.

A second Myanmar official, who also declined to be
named, confirmed the release date, adding "she will be
released on that day according to the law".

Neither Suu Kyi nor her National League for
Democracy (NLD) party will participate in the first poll since
their 1990 victory and the vote has been dismissed as a sham
aimed at hiding military power behind a civilian facade.

Suu Kyi was initially sentenced to three years in
jail and hard labour last year after a bizarre incident in May
in which American John Yettaw swam to her lakeside house.

At first she was held at Myanmar`s feared Insein
prison but was allowed to return to her crumbling family
mansion in August 2009 after her sentence was commuted to one
and a half years house arrest by junta leader Than Shwe.

Her lawyer Nyan Win said the period of detention
started with her imprisonment on May 14 2009 -- a few days
before she was due to be freed from a previous round of
confinement.

He said authorities will have to release her in
November because "there is no law to extend her house arrest".

"So far we have no plan in advance for her release
date. We will do and follow whatever she asks for. We are
waiting for that day," Nyan Win added.

PTI