As expected, a Myanmar court has convicted Burmese democracy and human rights leader Aung San Suu Kyi for supposedly “violating” her house arrest by allowing an uninvited American to stay at her home.  The sententence, however, was reduced from the expected 5-year prison term to 18-months, which Suu Kyi can serve in her home.

The AP quotes South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu warning that the reduced sentence was “not a concession – it is a manipulation of an illegal process. It must not be accepted by any government.”