Nyi Nyi Aung was reunited with loved ones Friday afternoon at Washington Dulles International Airport. He was freed Thursday, a month after a court sentenced him to three years in prison with hard labor.
Aung, 40, also known as Kyaw Zaw Lwin, was arrested when he arrived at Yangon's international airport Sept. 3 and was accused of plotting to stir political unrest. He denied the charge.
The New Light of Myanmar newspaper, a mouthpiece for the junta, said the government pardoned and deported Aung after giving "special consideration to bilateral friendship" after the U.S. State Department requested his release.