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Yettaw defends visit to Suu Kyi's home

Yettaw defends visit to Suu Kyi's home

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.

Yettaw, Webb arrive in Thailand

BANGKOK, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- A U.S. resident convicted in Myanmar for visiting opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in Bangkok Sunday with U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, R-Va., officials said.

U.S. man says God led him to Suu Kyi

YANGON, Myanmar, May 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Vietnam veteran who swam to Aung San Suu Kyi's house in Myanmar told a court Wednesday he had a vision she needed protection.

Suu Kyi swimmer faces trespassing charge

YANGON, Myanmar, May 16 (UPI) -- An American who allegedly sneaked into the home of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi faces trespassing and other charges, diplomatic sources say.

Suu Kyi visitor appears in court

WASHINGTON, May 14 (UPI) -- The American accused of entering Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's house in Myanmar appeared in a Myanmar court Thursday, a U.S. State Department official said.
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On 4 May 2009, the American citizen John Yettaw trespassed upon the residence of Burmese political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi, two weeks before her scheduled release from house arrest on May 27. This illegal visit prompted Suu Kyi's arrest on May 13, 2009. Yettaw himself was arrested by Myanmar authorities on May 6. He was charged on May 14 with illegally entering a restricted zone, illegal swimming and breaking immigration laws. It is illegal in Myanmar to have a guest stay overnight at one's home without notifying the authorities first.

Their trial began May 18, 2009. On August 11, Yettaw was sentenced on three counts totaling seven years, including four hard labor. Suu Kyi was sentenced to eighteen months of house arrest. On August 14, U.S. Senator Jim Webb arrived in Myanmar and successfully negotiated Yettaw's release and August 16 deportation.

Myanmar authorities asserted that Yettaw's visits were instigated by opposition groups as part of efforts to pressure and embarrass the Myanmar government. International organizations and nations sympathetic to her cause said the charges against Suu Kyi were a ruse to extend her detention beyond the 2010 scheduled elections.

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