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French first lady appeals for Aung San Suu Kyi's release

Latest update : 2009-11-23

French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has called for the release of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, speaking for "all those in France who find the fate awaiting this woman to be intolerable."

AFP - French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy on Monday appealed for the release of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi who has been jailed and put on trial at a notorious Yangon prison.
   
The wife of President Nicolas Sarkozy called on the Myanmar government to free the 63-year-old pro-democracy activist in an open letter made public by the Elysee presidential palace.
   
"We now know that Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace laureate, once again risks being sentenced to a prison term which, given her state of health, would be life-threatening for her," wrote the first lady.
   
The 41-year-old model-turned-singer said she wanted to be "the voice of all those in my country who find the fate awaiting this woman to be intolerable."
   
"It is a simple question of humanity to allow a sick woman to be free so that she may receive treatment given that her life is clearly in danger," Bruni-Sarkozy wrote.
   
Aung San Suu Kyi is facing a five-year jail sentence on charges of harbouring an American at her home in violation of the terms of her house arrest.
   
The man, John Yettaw, earlier this month swam across a lake to her residence where she has been kept in virtual isolation for most of the last 19 years.
   
The trial of Aung San Suu Kyi comes just days after she was taken from her lakeside property and imprisoned at a "guest house" inside the Insein prison compound.
   
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and human rights minister Rama Yade last week issued a joint statement saying they "condemned in the strongest terms" Aung San Suu Kyi's arrest.
   
"This decision is all the more unacceptable given the Nobel Peace laureate's state of health which has deteriorated over the past several days," they said.
 

Date created : 2009-05-19

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