Suu Kyi Loses Appeal, Will Sit Out Election

Burmese democracy leader fails to reverse newest term of house arrest
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2009 5:36 AM CDT
Nyan Win, lawyer for Aung San Suu Kyi, is surrounded by journalists outside the High Court after the hearing of the appeal of Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday, Oct. 2, 2009.    (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)
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(Newser) – A Burmese court rejected Aung San Suu Kyi's appeal against her latest spell of house arrest today. The pro-democracy leader, who was convicted of violating her previous sentence after an American swam to her home, will remain confined through next year and will be ineligible for the upcoming election. A lawyer for Suu Kyi, who has spent 14 of the last 20 years under house arrest, promised to appeal again to the high court.