Thursday, May 7, 2009
US man arrested near Suu Kyi home
Aung San Suu Kyi has been held under house arrest for more than 13 of the past 19 years [AFP]
An American man has been arrested in Myanmar for allegedly entering the home of Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's detained opposition leader.
The man, identified as John William Yeattaw, reportedly swam across the Inya Lake in the former capital Yangon, and spent two days hiding in the opposition leader's compound.
He was fished out of the lake by police early on Wednesday as he attempted to swim back from the opposition leader's lakeside home, the Myanma Ahlin newspaper reported.
The report gave no details of his motives.
It is thought to be the first time anyone has successfully sneaked into Aung San Suu Kyi's compound or swam across the lake in an attempt to get there.
More than 20 police entered Suu Kyi's compound on Thursday morning, according to neighbours who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The house is monitored by heavy security with checkpoints and barbed-wire barricades, but police rarely enter the actual compound where she has been kept under house arrest for more than 13 of the past 19 years.
She is not allowed visitors, apart from her