Man caught near Suu Kyi's home in hospital

Aug. 4, 2009 at 9:22 AM
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YANGON, Myanmar, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The American arrested in Myanmar for visiting opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's home has been hospitalized, officials said.

Hospital officials said John William Yettaw, 53, of Falcon, Mo., was admitted to Yangon General Hospital Monday after suffering convulsions, CNN reported Tuesday.

Myanmar's military junta charged Yettaw with trespassing and violating immigration laws, stemming from a May 3 incident in which he allegedly swam across a lake and stayed at Suu Kyi's home for two days, violating the terms of her house arrest. Suu Kyi has been under house arrest for 14 of the last 20 years in the country formerly known as Burma.

The charges against Yettaw carry up to five years in prison. Yettaw is represented by an attorney selected by the U.S. Embassy.

Suu Kyi, 64, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, also was on trial for violating terms of her house arrest. The verdict, which was expected to be announced last week, was delayed until Aug. 11. Supporters say Suu Kyi's arrest was meant to keep her from participating in next year's general elections.

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