Burma to free Suu Kyi “guest”

The American man John Yettaw whose unauthorised visit to Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi led to her extended detention, has been released, the office of US Senator Jim Webb has said. The statement said Webb, who was on a two-day visit to Burma, secured the release of Yettaw, who was sentenced on Tuesday to seven years’ hard labour. Webb was allowed to meet Suu Kyi, who was sentenced to 18 months house. Read more here

Aung San Suu Kyi found guilty

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been found guilty and sentenced to an additional 18 months house arrest by a court in Rangoon. Suu Kyi was convicted of violating state security laws by allowing a US national into her lakeside home after. She was jailed for three years with hard labour, but this was commuted to house arrest, an official said. American John Yettaw was jailed for seven years, four with hard labour. UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has described the trial as a sham. Read more here