Suspects released in Philippines

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A Norwegian man and his Filipina fiancée were finally released from custody in the Philippines on Monday, after being held for two weeks in connection with the murder of a six-year-old girl on the island of Cebu.

The couple had produced credible alibis more than a week ago, proving they could not have been the Filipina woman and foreign man who allegedly abducted and later killed the girl. They were nonetheless held in a local prison because police were convinced the couple was guilty.

They now have sought police protection because they fear reprisals from others who also believe they were guilty. “We are very glad to be free,” Sven-Erik Berger told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). “But we should have been released 14 days ago.”

Berger said the couple is now arranging visas with the aim of moving back to Norway.

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