Yangon: An ally of pro-democracy leader
Aung San Suu Kyi said an order for her release has been signed
by Myanmar`s ruling generals, as hundreds of supporters
gathered on Friday at her political party headquarters in
Suu Kyi`s house arrest officially ends Saturday, but
rumors swept Yangon that she might be freed as early as
Friday. Riot police with assault rifles were seen near Suu
Kyi`s house as a small crowd gathered at a nearby checkpoint.
Jailed or under house arrest for more than 15 of the
last 21 years, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate has become a
symbol for a struggle to rid the Southeast Asian country of
decades of military rule.
"My sources tell me that the release order has been
signed," said Tin Oo, vice chairman of Suu Kyi`s party.
"I hope she will be released."
He did not say when she would be freed or when the
order had been signed.
About 300 people gathered excitedly at the
headquarters of the National League for Democracy, some
wearing T-shirts reading, "We stand with you."
"There is no law to hold (Suu Kyi) for another day.
Her detention period expires on Saturday and she will be
released," her lawyer, Nyan Win, told reporters.
The country held its first elections in two decades
last Sunday in what the junta called a major step toward
democracy, but Suu Kyi was barred from participating and
critics called the balloting a sham aimed at cementing the
State media announced yesterday the pro-junta
political party had secured a majority in both houses of