CHICAGO - American John Yettaw says he has no regrets about taking a secret swim to the home of Myanmar's detained democracy leader - a decision that landed them both in prison - saying he would do it again "a hundred times."

Yettaw spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press before he boarded a plane from Chicago to Springfield, Missouri - his final stop on his journey home.

The 53-year-old Missouri man was sentenced to hard labour for visiting the home of Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi. Yettaw was deported Sunday after a U.S. senator intervened.

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

He tells the AP that if he had to do it again, he would "a hundred times to save her life."

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