Tigray, 19 November, 2021 / 9:35 pm (ACI Africa).
Six members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) who were among those arrested when government forces in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, raided two of their premises earlier this month were freed from police detention and placed under home confinement, a source has told ACI Africa in an interview.
In the Thursday, November 18 interview, the source who did not want to be identified said seven SDB members were freed last weekend, but one was rearrested while going to one of the Salesian communities to get his documents.
“Seven of the Salesians who had been detained were released on Saturday (November 13). They were released following various interventions, including the Italian embassy in Addis Ababa and the Apostolic Nuncio in Ethiopia,” the source said.
It is not complete freedom, the source further said, and explained, “they were given instructions not to leave the Salesian premises; they are under house arrest.”
“Each of them was required to pay 10,000 Ethiopian currency (US$209.00),” the source disclosed, adding that two other Salesians remained in police custody when the seven were conditionally freed and placed under home confinement.