Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


ASEAN could call for Suu Kyi release

WASHINGTON, Aug 17 – The Southeast Asian regional bloc ASEAN could call on Myanmar to free democracy icon Aung Sang Suu Kyi, US Senator Jim Webb said Monday, after his landmark trip to the military-ruled state.

"(That) would be a major step forward in resolving this situation," Webb told CNN, after saying the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) could be preparing to petition the ruling junta to grant her an amnesty.

Leading ASEAN member Thailand has urged the bloc to back a request to reclusive Myanmar leader Than Shwe to pardon Suu Kyi, whose house arrest was extended last week.

The 10-nation bloc, currently chaired by Thailand, has faced frequent criticism for taking a soft line on Myanmar, its most troublesome member.

Than Shwe ordered Suu Kyi to serve another 18 months of house arrest on Tuesday after a court convicted her and an eccentric American man, John Yettaw, who swam to her lakeside home.

International anger erupted at Myanmar after the verdict, but ASEAN\’s reaction was typically muted, expressing only "deep disappointment" at the detention of Suu Kyi.

Yettaw flew out of military-ruled Myanmar on Sunday with Webb, who secured the eccentric former military veteran\’s release by the junta from a sentence of seven years\’ hard labor.

Click to comment

More on Capital Business

Executive Lifestyle

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 12 – The country’s super wealthy individuals are increasing their holding of bonds, gold and cash, a new report by Knight...

Ask Kirubi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9 – Businessman and industrialist Dr. Chris Kirubi has urged members of the public to exercise extreme caution when making any...

Ask Kirubi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 24 – Businessman and industrialist Dr. Chris Kirubi is set to own half of Centum Investment Company PLC, following a go-ahead...

Ask Kirubi

It is without a doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has caught the whole world by surprise. Although its full impact is yet to be...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun17 – Kenya’s tea leaves manufacturer Kericho Gold, has been awarded the Superbrands Seal by Superbrands East Africa for their quality variety...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 – Commercial Banks have been ordered to provide relief to borrowers on their personal loans, with loans eligible from March...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 13 – As the local telecommunications industry gears up to roll out 5G networks in the country, the Communications Authority of...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 22 – Airtel Kenya is offering free internet access for students in order to enable continued learning at home in the...