Havek condemns Suu Kyi verdict

Former Czech president Václav Havel has condemned the 18-month house arrest a Burmese court imposed on opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday. Mr. Havel said he considers the verdict "scandalous" and typical of "the political cynicism of one of the toughest totalitarian regimes in the world." Aung San Suu Kyi has spent more than 13 years under house arrest. Her latest sentence was to expire in May of this year, but she was given another sentence on the pretext of having let an uninvited U.S. citizen spend a night in her house. Commentators say this is clearly an attempt to prevent her running in next year's elections.