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Yettaw defends visit to Suu Kyi's home

Aug. 27, 2009 at 2:40 PM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. national John Yettaw said Thursday he did the right thing in illegally visiting the Myanmar home of imprisoned pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Appearing on CNN's "American Morning" Thursday, Yettaw said his visit to Suu Kyi's home in May resulted in an extension of her house arrest, but also succeeded in preventing an alleged assassination attempt against the political prisoner.

Yettaw said he is "grateful that she's alive, grateful that the entire world is watching and there's no way these generals are ever going to try to assassinate her."

The visit by Yettaw, 53, to Suu Kyi's home violated the terms of her house arrest, resulting in a sentence extension of 18 months.

The incident also resulted in Yettaw and two of the pro-democracy politician's staff members being arrested.

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