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US woman held in Timor Leste for months without charges is released

US traveler was arrested in September

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A US traveler detained for months in Timor Leste has been released from prison. Stacey Addison, a US traveler was arrested in September after sharing cab with stranger carrying drugs, reports the Guardian.

Stacey Addison, 41, of Portland, USA, was arrested in September shortly after crossing the border into the south-east Asian nation. The veterinarian was sharing a taxi with a stranger who asked the driver to stop the car so he could pick up a package. Police later stopped the vehicle, determined the package contained methamphetamine, and took everybody to the station.

Addison was released from jail after a few days, but she was ordered to remain in Timor Leste during the investigation. Then, in October, a prosecutor persuaded a court to rescind Addison’s conditional release and she was taken to a women’s prison, despite not being charged with a crime.

“I am overjoyed to learn of Dr Stacey Addison’s release from prison,” said US senator Jeff Merkley, who has been working to secure Addison’s release. “This is wonderful Christmas news.”

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