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August 11th, 2009
Aaron Brown and Neil MacFarquhar discuss Aung San Suu Kyi

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to an additional 18 months under house arrest today for having violated the terms of the house arrest she has lived under for 14 of the last 20 years. The conviction, which has been widely criticized by human rights groups and international leaders, means that she will still be in detention at the time of parliamentary elections scheduled for next year.

Ahead of the court’s decision, WIDE ANGLE’s Aaron Brown interviewed Neil MacFarquhar, a New York Times reporter who recently visited Burma on assignment, covering U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s trip to the country. Ban was hoping to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi but his request was denied by the military junta.

Next week on WIDE ANGLE, Eyes of the Storm, tells the struggles of several orphaned children in Burma left to fend for themselves and rebuild their shattered lives in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. Through the eyes of the Burmese filmmaking team who shot undercover for over 10 months in defiance of the ruling junta’s media blackout, WIDE ANGLE provides a rare window into one of the world’s most secretive countries. Click here to watch a preview.

Neil MacFarquhar’s lastest book, The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday, was recently released by Public Affairs.

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    Union of Myanmar Office of the Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council

    NAY PYI TAW, 11 Aug—The Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council [Senior General Than Shwe] issued a directive dated 10 August 2009 for the Ministry of Home
    Affairs stating upon the Court pronouncing sentence to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the sentence to be served by her under the Criminal Procedure Code be
    amended to be remitted and suspended[;] if she displays good conduct and pardon be granted accordingly. The full text of the directive is as follows:

    Letter No 04/NaYaKa (Oo)/La Nga Hka
    Dated 10th August 2009

    To:
    The Minister,
    Ministry of Home Affairs.

    Subject: Upon the Court pronouncing sentence to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (father U Aung San) the sentence to be served by her under the
    Criminal Procedure be amended to be remitted and suspen[d]ed [;] if she displays good conduct [and] pardon be granted accordingly.

    1. The Northern District Court of the Yangon Division by Criminal Regular Trial 47/2009 in accordance with the Law Safeguarding the State Against the Danger
    of Subversive Elements, Section 22 instituted the case for breach of provision against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (father U Aung San) unavoidably by responsible persons,
    and the State Peace and Development Council is aggrieved at the said action.
    2. However, for the sake of the rule of Law, judicial proceedings justly made in accordance with existing law shall be respected and abided by all citizens.
    3. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, being the daughter of Bogyoke Aung San who sacrificed his life for the independence of Myanmar, viewing that peace,
    tranquility and stability will prevail, that no malice be held against each other, that there be no obstruction in the path to democracy, the Chairman of the
    State Peace and Development Council desires within the ambits of his rights and powers to exercise leniency upon her.
    4. Thus upon the Court finding Daw Aung San Suu Kyi guilty to have committed the offence pronounced sentence accordingly. Whatsoever sentence
    be pronounced, it is amended under Criminal Procedure Code Section 401, Sub-Section (5) that the half of the sentence to be served is remitted and the
    remainder of the sentence is to be suspended.
    5. During the period of suspended sentence, in paragraph 4, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi shall reside in her residence, No 54/56 University Avenue,
    Shwetaunggyar Quarters No. 1, Bahan Township, in accordance with the annexed stipulations.
    6. It is informed that should Daw Aung San Suu Kyi abide in accordance with the annexed stipulations in good conduct during the suspended period
    and not exceeding such period, all suspended sentences shall be pardoned.

    Chairman [Senior General Than Shwe]
    State Peace and Development Council

    Under the directive of the Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued an order dated 10 August
    and informed Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of the order and read it to her.

    (Source: The New Light of Myanmar, 11 August 2009)

  • dan

    i’m so grateful i live in a free society…

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