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Eritrean gospel singer 'released'
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Eritrean gospel singer 'released'

An Eritrean Christian gospel singer, detained by the authorities without charge for more than two years, has been freed, Amnesty International says.

Helen Berhane was among about 2,000 members of illegal Evangelical church groups in Eritrea, who Amnesty says have been arrested in recent years.

She was reportedly imprisoned inside a metal shipping container and beaten in an effort to make her recant her faith.

But Eritrean Foreign Minister Ali Abdu denies all knowledge of her case.

More than 90% of Eritreans belong to one of four recognised religions - Orthodox, Catholic and Lutheran Churches and Islam.

Ms Berhane, a well-known singer at the unregistered Rema Church, had just released a cassette of gospel music when she was arrested in the capital, Asmara, on 13 May 2004.

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Amnesty International says Ms Berhane is confined to a wheelchair because of her injuries to her legs and feet.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/africa/6117496.stm

Published: 2006/11/04 21:13:26 GMT



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