Myanmar hints at Suu Kyi release

Myanmar military faces criticism at South-East Asian security summit.

    Myanmar extended Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest for another year in May [EPA]

    According to George Yeo, Singapore's foreign minister, Nyan Win told him during a pre-summit dinner on Sunday that under Myanmar law a political detainee can be held for a maximum period of only six years.

    That timescale, in relation to Aung San Suu Kyi's detention, would expire within six months, he said.

    "He told me that the six-year limit will come up in about half a year's time," Yeo told reporters on Sunday.

    Asked whether that meant she could be freed, he said: "I am just repeating to you what he told me and I think that is not an inaccurate inference."

    House arrest extended

    In May, Myanmar's ruling military announced it was extending Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest for another 12 months.

    It is not clear how the foreign minister's suggestion that she could be freed affects that decision.

    Aung San Suu Kyi has been held under house arrest or in Yangon's notorious Insein jail for most of the past 18 years.

    Her party, the National League for Democracy, won a landslide victory in national elections held in 1990, but it was never allowed to take office.

    During the Singapore summit, Asean leaders are due to release a report on the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, which swept through Myanmar's Irrawaddy Delta in early May leaving more than 80,000 dead.

    Myanmar's generals were widely criticised over their response to the storm and for blocking access to international relief groups in the crucial early days of the disaster.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.