UN chief saddened by Aung San Suu Kyi's guilty verdict

August 11, 2009 10:04 pm 

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 12 — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon is "deeply disappointed" by the guilty verdict against Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, said a statement issued here on Tuesday by his spokesperson.

"The secretary-general strongly deplores this decision," the statement said. "The secretary-general urges the government to immediately and unconditionally release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and to engage with her without delay as an essential partner in the process of national dialogue and reconciliation."

A military court on Tuesday sentenced Aung San Suu Kyi, 64, to three years' jail and hard labor for violating the terms of her house arrest.

However, the head of the State Peace and Development Council Senior-General Than Shwe reduced Aung San Suu Kyi's punishment to 18-month house arrest, ensuring she will be confined during a parliamentary election due next year.

The commutation was made on the grounds of her father, General Aung San, who is regarded as a national hero for his role against the British in Myanmar's fight for independence. (PNA/Xinhua)

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