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Burmese Nobel Laureate to Face Trial Under Junta

D 14 May 2009     H 17:13     A Corine/Dead     C 0 messages

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The Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was taken to prison by Myanmar security officials on Thursday morning and was scheduled to stand trial later in the day for allowing an American man to stay overnight in her home, an apparent violation of her long-term house arrest, her lawyer said.

The American, identified as John William Yettaw, of Falcon, Mo., swam across a lake in central Yangon last week and sneaked into Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi’s heavily guarded residential compound. She pleaded with him to leave, her lawyer said in an interview on Thursday, but he complained of cramping and she allowed him to stay.

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The lawyer, U Kyi Win, called Mr. Yettaw “a nutty fellow.”

American consular officials have met briefly with Mr. Yettaw, although the motives for his escapade are still unclear. He remains in jail in Yangon.

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