politician, Lars Rise was arrested in the central city of Hue on April 9, 2001
and "sent out of the country" after lengthy interrogation.
Norwegian member of parliament was detained and asked to leave Vietnam last week
after visiting dissident religious leaders under house arrest, a Norwegian
embassy official said on Tuesday.
politician, Lars Rise of the opposition Christian People's Party, said in a
statement on the dissident Free Viet Web site he was arrested in the central
city of Hue on April 9 and "sent out of the country" after lengthy
was taken in for questioning," a Norwegian embassy official said. Asked if
he was expelled, the diplomat said: "Shall we say he was asked to shorten
departure from Vietnam followed meetings with 73-year-old dissident Buddhist
monk and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Quang Do in Ho Chi Minh City and with
dissident Catholic priest Nguyen Van Ly in Hue.
men are under restriction at their places of worship after criticizing religious
restrictions imposed by the communist authorities.
diplomat said Rise had come to Vietnam on a tourist visa, not with an official
Vietnam's view he violated the law by coming as a tourist then going to see
persons under arrest," the diplomat said, adding she had no statement yet
from her ministry in Olso.
Vietnam's Foreign Ministry did not comment, but released late on Tuesday a statement from a tourist company which arranged Rise's tourist visa.