The BurmaNet News: Monday, January 23, 1995
Yangon (Kyodo) - Expectations that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi would be released in January vanished as the gate of her lake-side residence compound remained closed as usual when the six-month period of extended detention expired on Thursday.
She was placed under house arrest on July 20, 1989 under a 1975 law to protect the state from "subversion." Her five-year detention period was to end on July 19, 1994.
But she was told by the government in January 1994 that her detention had been extended to January 1995, the final date understood to be Jan. 19, 1995.
Detention or restriction is extendible every six months for up to a total of three years. The law was amended in 1991 to extend the total detention period of five years.
Last February, the deputy chief of Defense Sevices Intelligence, Col. Kyaw Win, said her detention period would be extended by a full year up to July 1995, for a total of six years.
"The first year of her detention was regarded as the arrest period and the restriction periods under the law began the following year," he said.
However, the general public and many foreign journalists believed she would be released in January. At least 15 foreign journalists are currently in Yangon to watch her release.
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