Monday, August 31, 2009


Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi intends to renovate her house to stop intruders, after a US man's visit led to her house arrest being extended.
A spokesman for her party said Ms Suu Kyi worried about security and wanted to prevent a repeat of the incident.
US well-wisher John Yettaw swam uninvited to her lakeside home in May.
He was convicted and then released, but Ms Suu Kyi's house arrest was extended by 18 months, ensuring that she cannot take part in elections next year.
Her trial brought international condemnation. She continues to deny the charge of violating security laws and her lawyers are drafting an appeal.
Nyan Win, her lawyer and spokesman for the National League for Democracy (NLD), said Ms Suu Kyi had been in contact with architects about the renovations.
"She worries for the security of her house and that's why she wants to repair it," he said, quoted by AFP news agency. "It is to prevent another trespassing."
She would pay for the renovations herself, he added.

Ms Suu Kyi, 64, a Nobel Peace laureate, has spent nearly 14 of the past 20 years in detention.
Her previous period of house arrest expired on 27 May, and this new term will mean she is still in detention during the polls, which are expected to happen in about May 2010.
The NLD won the last elections in 1990 but was never allowed to take power.
Mr Yettaw, 54, swam to Ms Suu Kyi's lakeside house in Rangoon uninvited and stayed there for two nights.
As a result, Ms Suu Kyi was accused of breaching the terms of her house arrest.
Her intruder was also convicted, but was released during the visit of US Senator Jim Webb. He left Burma with the senator and returned to the US.




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