Senator Merkley Celebrates Return of Stacey Addison to Oregon

WASHINGTON – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after Oregonian Stacey Addison, who has been detained since September in East Timor, was released by the government of East Timor and boarded a plane on the first leg of her journey home:

“I am thrilled to report that Dr. Stacey Addison has gotten her passport back, and is now on a plane returning home here to Oregon. This is terrific news for Stacey, for her family, and for all the Oregonians who have followed Stacey’s story and helped support her from afar.

“A huge thanks to Karen Stanton, our U.S. ambassador to East Timor, who has worked tirelessly to secure Stacey’s release from prison. A huge thanks as well to East Timor’s Ambassador to the United States, Domingos Sarmento Alves, and to other officials in East Timor who facilitated this wonderful outcome.

“Stacey – welcome home!”

HD video of Senator Merkley’s statement is available for download here. SD video is available here