Tuesday, August 4, 2009

American on trial with Suu Kyi hospitalized

YANGON, Myanmar — An American on trial for secretly entering the house of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been hospitalized after suffering seizures, hospital sources said Tuesday.

John Yettaw, 53, was admitted to Yangon's main general hospital Monday and that his condition was improving, said the sources who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals in the military-run nation.

Yettaw faces up to five years in prison for helping violate the terms of Suu Kyi's house arrest by swimming to her lakeside residence and staying for two nights in May.

A court is to deliver a verdict next week on his case and that of Suu Kyi who is charged with violating terms of her detention. The 64-year-old Nobel Peace laureate could also be imprisoned for five years along with two companions who resided with her.

Yettaw, of Falcon, Missouri, testified that he swam to Suu Kyi's house to warn her that he had had a vision that she would be assassinated.

he reportedly suffers from diabetes and other health problems, including post traumatic stress disorder syndrome from his time in the U.S. military.

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