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Man who swam to lakeside home of Burma’s opposition leader held

Published 08/05/2009

The Burmese junta is questioning an American citizen who swam across a lake to the waterside house of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, spent two days at the home of the detained opposition leader and was then captured as he tried to escape by swimming back under cover of darkness.

State media in Rangoon said the man had been fished out of the city's Inya Lake early on Wednesday morning. The reports said the man, named as 53-year-old John William Yeattaw, swam across the lake to Ms Suu Kyi's house on Sunday evening, using an empty plastic container as a float.

He is believed to be the first person to covertly enter the opposition leader's home.

Jailed or detained under house arrest for 13 of the past 19 years, Ms Suu Kyi's current term of detention dates from May 2003.

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