Eritrea Expels Three Hotel Employees for ‘Immorality’
Tribune, October 9, 2004
ASMARA, AFP (October 8)—Three
Western employees working at a luxury hotel in Asmara were expelled from
Eritrea last week over “a question of immorality,” Eritrean Information
Minister Ali Abdu Ahmed said Friday.
The three employees were expelled and left the country
last week because “they exercised immoral activities, which invade our
tradition and culture,” Ahmed told AFP by telephone in Asmara.
“There is no issue, these people are still employed by
us, just elsewhere in the business,” Jennie Eaves, spokeswoman for the
Intercontinental hotel chain, told AFP from London.
An unnamed source close to the three employees said
“one of them at least was homosexual and did not try to hide it.”
A diplomat in Asmara, who asked not to be named, said:
“It is the first time such a reason is put forward, homosexuality is not
forbidden by the law, but it is not accepted by tradition.”
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