St. Louis Public Radio News
6:51 am
Tue May 26, 2009

Official: Myanmar had planned to release Suu Kyi until Missouri man visited her house

YANGON, Myanmar – A top police official said the military government of Myanmar, also known as Burma, was considering releasing pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest this week, but canceled the decision after a Missouri man stayed at her house in violation of the country's security law.

The official said Tuesday that authorities were talking of releasing Suu Kyi Wednesday after nearly six years under house arrest.

But earlier this month, Suu Kyi was accused of violating the conditions of her house arrest by sheltering John Yettaw, who showed up at her home uninvited after swimming across a lake. Suu Kyi is on trial for the charges.

Her supporters say the military government is using the accusations of sheltering John Yettaw as a pretext for keeping her imprisoned during upcoming elections.

Yettaw could also face a trial and prison time in Myanmar.