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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2704

US swimmer to Suu Kyi's house arrives in Thailand

[caption id="attachment_4213" align="alignright" width="316" caption="John Yettaw is shown. Yettaw, an American who swam and entered the house of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi . – (File photo). "]John Yettaw is shown. Yettaw, an American who swam and entered the house of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi . – (File photo). [/caption]

Bangkok, 17 August, (Asiantribune.com):

- Asian Tribune -

The American man, deported from Myanmar, arrived at a Thai army airbase on Sunday afternoon after US Senator Jim Webb secured his release following talks with the top Myanmar junta leader Senior General Than Shwe on Saturday.
John Yettaw, 54, was sentenced to seven years’ hard labor for swimming uninvited to the lakeside house of democratic icon Aung San Suu Kyi in May.

The 64-year-old Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday was sentenced to another 18 months of house arrest on charges of violating the terms of house arrest, following Yettaw’s visit to Aung San Suu Kyi’s home.

“What he (Yettaw) did was regrettable, I believe that it was hurtful to the person he was trying to help,” said Sen Webb at a news conference in Bangkok.

“But at the same time on humanitarian grounds I feel fortunate that the government honored my request to let him come back to Thailand with me,” he said.

Yettaw was not at the news conference. The American senator said that Yettaw, who suffers from epilepsy and diabetes, was receiving treatment after suffering a ‘medical incident’ on Sunday morning.

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