August 11, 2009 / 6:35 PM / 10 years ago

Obama calls for quick release of Suu Kyi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama condemned Myanmar on Tuesday for convicting and sentencing opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and called for her “immediate unconditional release.”

Obama also said in a statement he was concerned about the seven year sentence given to American citizen John Yettaw, who swam to her lakeside home in May and stayed there uninvited for two days.

Reporting by Jeff Mason, Editing by Sandra Maler

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