On Tuesday, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was found guilty of breaching the conditions of her house arrest because she was visited at home by John Yettaw. The US citizen had not been invited by Ms Suu Kyi. He was given a seven-year jail term and is also appealing against his conviction.

Western countries have condemned the verdict, and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his disappointment at the case. He says it appears that the Burmese junta wants to put Ms Suu Kyi out of the running for elections scheduled for next year.