Saturday, August 15, 2009

Another American Released

In breaking news, Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia has secured the release of American prisoner John Yettaw from Myanmar.

Yettaw had been convicted of illegally breaking the immigration law that requires Burmese officials be notified whenever a guest stays overnight. Back in May, Yettaw swam "across Inya Lake" to Nobel Prize winner Suu Kyi's house and stayed two days after claiming exhaustion.

While in Myanmar, Webb also met with Kyi who was recently sentenced to an additional eighteen months of house arrest. Just last month, acccording to Wikipedia, "UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon...arrived in Myanmar on a journey seeking the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and to press the junta for democratic reform" but to no avail. Guess Webb has more starpower...

Yettaw had been sentenced to seven years, four in hard labor after being convicted of " illegally entering a restricted zone [and] illegal swimming.

Webb will be bringing Yettaw with him to Bangkok on Sunday.

Go Webb!!

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