Man who sneaked into Myanmar leader's home handed over to US

Comes after Virginia senator Jim Webb secures release with plea to ruling junta.

August 16, 2009 10:25
Man who sneaked into Myanmar leader's home handed over to US

John Yettaw 248.88. (photo credit: )


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An American man imprisoned for sneaking into the home of Myanmar's democracy leader has been flown out of the country, the US Embassy said Sunday. John Yettaw, 53, was arrested after swimming to Aung San Suu Kyi's home and staying two days. The embassy said Yettaw of Falcon, Missouri on his way to Bangkok, Thailand on a military plane with US Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia. The senator secured his release Saturday with a plea to Myanmar's ruling junta. Webb thanked the government for the release of Yettaw at a brief news conference just prior to their departure. He was sentenced last week to seven years at hard labor for breaking the terms of Suu Kyi's house arrest in early May. Suu Kyi was given 18 months additional house arrest.

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