Obama Demands Suu Kyi Freedom

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted May 27, 2009 2:59 AM CDT
Myanmar police officers guard the main entrance of Insein prison north of Yangon, site of the trial of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.   (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)
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(Newser) – President Obama issued a sharply worded statement yesterday demanding the "immediate and unconditional" release of Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, reports the BBC. Her "detention, isolation, and show trial based on spurious charges cast serious doubt on the Burmese regime's willingness to be a responsible member of the international community," said the president. The Nobel laureate, 63, faces up to five years in prison if found guilty of violating her house arrest after an American invaded her property.