Australia condemns Burma verdict, resumes radio service


Australia’s Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, says the continued detention of Aung San Suu Kyi is a new low for Burma’s military regime.

A Burmese court has convicted Ms Suu Kyi of breaching the country’s security laws and sentenced her to spend another 18 months under house arrest.

Mr Rudd says the Australian Government is convinced she was tried on spurious grounds and not given a fair hearing.

He says Australia will continue to apply strong sanctions against Burma until it sees signs of change.

The Prime Minister has also announced the Government and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation have agreed to Ms Suu Kyi’s previous request to have Radio Australia resume a broadcasting service to Burma.

He says it is a gesture of solidarity to her and opens a new channel of international contact for the people of Burma.