Thursday, 20 February 2014

Agnes Gereb is released from house arrest!

You might have seen my blog a couple of weeks ago about Hungarian midwife Agnes Gereb (read it HERE)

A message went out on the Freedom for Birth Facebook page an hour ago confirming that Agnes has been released from house arrest. 

Film maker Toni Harman, who co-created the documentary Freedom For Birth issued the following statement:

'Wonderful news!!! Agnes Gereb - the imprisoned Hungarian midwife - her house arrest is over. After three years imprisonment inside her home, Agnes can now leave her house, but she still can't leave Budapest while the court cases against her are still pending. This is from an email I received from Agnes earlier today - "House arrest is over... I am allowed to go free inside Budapest!" This is an important first step towards justice! 

Agnes is still, in the eyes of the authorities, a criminal, however, this the first small, but not insignificant victory, in the long battle to clear her name. 

I cannot imagine Agnes' happiness to be able to leave her house for the first time in 3 years. It's not the complete and full pardon she deserves but it's the most the positive move towards it, to date. 

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