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American gets medical tests after Myanmar jailing

Last Updated: Monday, August 17, 2009 - 12:34

Bangkok: An ailing American, who was spared a seven-year prison sentence in Myanmar, underwent medical testing in Bangkok on Monday, a day after an influential US Senator secured his release from the military-ruled country.
John Yettaw`s family in the United States said the 53-year-old was hospitalised in the Thai capital and not in good health after three months in a Myanmar prison, where he was held for sneaking into the home of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

"Our first priority is ensuring the health of Mr Yettaw", said Cynthia Brown, the US embassy spokeswoman in Bangkok, who declined to say where Yettaw was receiving medical care or when he was expected to return home.

Yettaw flew to Bangkok on yesterday with Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, who held rare talks in Myanmar with the junta`s reclusive Senior General Than Shwe and with Suu Kyi during a high-profile, three-day trip.

Webb said he believes years of sanctions have failed to move the Southeast Asian country toward democratic reforms or talks with Suu Kyi.

Webb told reporters in Bangkok he would discuss his conclusions and recommendations with US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and others on his return to Washington.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, August 17, 2009 - 12:34

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