St. Louis Public Radio News
7:30 am
Thu August 20, 2009

Missouri man returns home after imprisonment in Myanmar

Chicago – John Yettaw has returned to his home state of Missouri with no regrets about his improbable odyssey to the home of Myanmar's detained democracy leader.

Yettaw spoke to The Associated Press yesterday before he boarded a plane from Chicago to Springfield, Mo.

He was sentenced to hard labor for visiting the home of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. But Yettaw was allowed to leave the country Sunday after a U.S. senator intervened.

Yettaw said he swam to Suu Kyi's house to warn her that he had a vision she would be assassinated.

He said if he had to do it again, he would "a hundred times to save her life."