The court said her actions broke a law protecting the army-ruled state from "subversive elements" and breached the terms of her house arrest.

But her lawyers say the law she was charged under can no longer be applied because it was part of the 1974 constitution, which was replaced last year.

Critics have dismissed Suu Kyi's house arrest as an attempt to keep her in detention ahead of next year's elections, which will be Myanmar's first in two decades.

Suu Kyi has spent 14 out of the last 20 years in detention, since her party swept the last elections in 1990 - a victory that was never honoured by the military, which has ruled the country since 1962.