Yank 'Stalker' Busted Outside Suu Kyi's House

Authorities baffled by American who swam lake to hide in activist's home
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2009 4:07 AM CDT
Protesters from Burma's National League for Democracy shout slogans at a rally calling for immediate release of their pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.   (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)
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(Newser) – Burmese police have arrested an American man they fished out of a lake near the home of detained democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi's Rangoon home, the Guardian reports. Authorities believe the man dodged security around the compound by swimming through the lake and then hid inside Suu Kyi's home for two days for unknown reasons.

The activist never encountered the intruder, said a spokesman for Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy. "He's not met with the Lady," he said. "He was hiding in the house." Burma has stepped up security around the compound, where the Nobel Peace Prize-winner has been kept under house arrest for most of the 19 years since she won an election in 1990 that was later nullified.