The United States has asked the Eritrean government to ensure that two jailed US Embassy employees be given a prompt and fair trial.
Geoge Colvin, the embassy spokesman in Asmara, told VOA that the embassy has called on Eritrean authorities to hold “transparent” legal proceedings for the two men.
The two Eritrean employees of the embassy have been held on unspecified charges for more than six weeks. The employees are identified as Fitwi Ghezae of the public affairs office and Biniam Ghirmai of the embassy’s management staff.
Information Minister Ali Abdou said last week that the embassy workers were involved in illegal activities but declined to provide specific charges.
In October 2001, police arrested two other Eritrean employees of the US Embassy for unspecified reasons. They are still being held without charges.