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Minister: Suu Kyi to be freed in November

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest for 14 of the past 20 years.
Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest for 14 of the past 20 years.
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  • Myanmar minister: Suu Kyi to be released when house arrest term ends
  • Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest extended over case of intruder Yettaw
  • Suu Kyi had told court earlier she didn't know Yettaw or of his plans
  • Suu Kyi has been kept under house arrest by the junta for 14 of the past 20 years
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(CNN) -- Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be released in November when her house arrest term ends, a government minister said.

Home Minister Maj. Gen. Muang Oo made the announcement during a January 21 meeting of government officials in Kyaukpadaung, sources who attended the meeting in the ancient city said.

Tin Oo, vice chairman of Suu Kyi's NLD party, will be released on February 13 at the end of his six-year term.

Suu Kyi was sentenced to 18 additional months of house arrest in May after American John Yettaw sneaked uninvited into her house, prompting her to be tried on charges of government subversion.

The 64-year-old had told a Myanmar court that she didn't know Yettaw, was unaware of his plans to visit and didn't report his intrusion because she didn't want him to get into trouble. She was sentenced to additional home confinement after being found guilty of violating the terms of her house arrest.

Suu Kyi has appealed her sentence to Myanmar's Supreme Court in Yangon, which will decide within a month whether to proceed with the case.

The ruling military junta has kept her under house arrest for about 14 of the past 20 years. The junta has ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, since 1962.

CNN's Kocha Olarn contributed to this report.

 
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