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    Burma's freed Suu Kyi reunited with younger son

    Burma's freed Suu Kyi reunited with younger son
    Published: 23/11/2010 at 10:00 AM
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    Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, freed from house arrest 10 days ago, was reunited with her younger son on Tuesday after about 10 years apart.

    Kim Aris, 33, who lives in Britain, arrived on a flight from Bangkok to Rangoon airport, where his 65-year-old mother was waiting to meet him. She was freed on November 13 after more than seven consecutive years in detention.

    "I'm very glad and I'm very happy," Suu Kyi told an AFP reporter who witnessed the reunion.

    On greeting his smiling mother, Aris immediately took off his outer shirt to show her symbols of the National League for Democracy (NLD), her political party, tattoed on his arm, the reporter witnessed.

    Aris had arrived in the Thai capital a few days ahead of his mother's release but faced a prolonged wait for a visa to the military-ruled country, where Suu Kyi had been locked up for 15 of the past 21 years.

    During her detention in her lakeside home in Rangoon, Suu Kyi had no telephone or Internet access and only limited contact with the outside world. It has been about a decade since she last saw Aris or her elder son Alexander.

    The daughter of Burma's assassinated independence hero General Aung San was released less than a week after an election dismissed by many as a sham for cementing the military regime's decades-long grip on power.

    When her freedom was granted, crowds of jubilant supporters gathered outside her home to glimpse the charismatic dissident, seen by many as the best hope for democratic change after almost five decades of army rule.

    Her long struggle for her country has come at a high personal cost. Her husband, a British academic, died in 1999, and in the final stages of his battle with cancer the junta refused him a visa to see his wife.

    Many believe that if she were to leave Burma -- formerly known as Burma -- the ruling generals would never allow her to return.

    Her sons collected the Nobel peace prize on behalf of their mother in 1991, but have otherwise tended to avoid the media spotlight.

    Aris had an "emotional" telephone conversation with his mother on the evening of her release, according to the British embassy in Bangkok.

    Suu Kyi swept the NLD to victory in 1990 elections but was never allowed to take power. Her party was disbanded after boycotting this month's poll, in response to rules that seemed to bar their leader from participating.

    The decision to boycott deeply split the opposition movement, which Suu Kyi now faces the task of reuniting.

    Burma's Supreme Court has refused to hear her lawsuit against the junta for dissolving the party ahead of the election, an official said on Monday.

    Her legal team said it would discuss its next move with Suu Kyi, who co-founded the party in 1988 after a popular uprising against the military junta that left thousands dead.

    "We have to see whether we can go for a special appeal to take it further," said one of her lawyers, Kyi Win.

    BANGKOK POST

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