Oregon woman freed from East Timor prison 4 months after arrest

December 26, 2014 06:19


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A veterinarian from Oregon who was arrested while traveling in East Timor in September was released from jail on Thursday after nearly two months of detention, the US State Department said.

Dr. Stacey Addison, 41, who was said by friends to be visiting East Timor as part of a round-the-world trip, was initially detained and held for five days on a drug charge. She was then conditionally released without her passport.

She was arrested again in late October when she appeared in an East Timorese court to retrieve her passport and was sent to a prison in Dili, the capital of the Southeast Asian country also known as Timor-Leste. Addison was held there until her release on Christmas Day, according to the State Department.

Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said US officials were aware of reports that Addison's passport was still held by the East Timorese government and that Addison had not yet left the country.

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