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Norwegian-Filipino couple freed. Philippine authorities have released Norwegian Sven-Erik Berger and Filipino fiancée Karen Castro Esdrelon without charge. “We are very glad to be free. This could have been a lot worse, and we should have been freed 14 days ago,” Mr Berger told NRK yesterday immediately after their release. Police arrested and accused the couple of kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Ellah Joy Pique after she finished school for the day.

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Norwegian-Filipino couple freed

Published on Tuesday, 1st March, 2011 at 10:01 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Philippine authorities have released Norwegian Sven-Erik Berger and Filipino fiancée Karen Castro Esdrelon without charge.

Cebu City from the sea
Cebu City from the sea
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“We are very glad to be free. This could have been a lot worse, and we should have been freed 14 days ago,” Mr Berger told NRK yesterday immediately after their release.

Police arrested and accused the couple of kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Ellah Joy Pique after she finished school for the day.

However, security cameras show they were checking in at their hotel at the time of her disappearance, giving them an alibi. Both the hotel’s chief of security, and the island’s National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) have confirmed this.

Mr Berger and his fiancée have also produced receipts from the Norwegian language school she was due to attend, as well as a nearby restaurant. Philippine Island Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has since fired Chief of Police Erson Digal, who led the investigation.

The little girl’s grandmother continues to claim the couple are guilty, and they have asked for police protection whilst waiting for Ms Esdrelon’s visa to arrive, allowing her travel to Norway.

“There are still people who believe we did it,” says Mr Berger.



Published on Tuesday, 1st March, 2011 at 10:01 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: sven-erikberger, karencastroesdrelon, ellahjoypique, governorgwendolyngarcia, ersondigal.





  
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