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US man departs Myanmar after release from jail

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YANGON, Myanmar (AP) - The U.S. Embassy says an American man imprisoned for sneaking into the home of Myanmar's democracy leader has been flown out of the country.

John Yettaw, 53, was arrested after swimming to Aung San Suu Kyi's home and staying two days.

The embassy says Yettaw of Falcon, Missouri is headed to Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday on a military plane with U.S. Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia.

The senator secured his release Saturday with a plea to Myanmar's ruling junta.

Webb thanked the government for the release of Yettaw at a brief news conference just prior to their departure.

He was sentenced last week to seven years at hard labor for breaking the terms of Suu Kyi's house arrest in early May.

Suu Kyi was given 18 months additional house arrest.

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