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(Compass) – Vietnamese authorities released children’s Bible teacher Le Thi Hong Lien from Bien Hoa Mental Hospital yesterday. Her unexpected freedom came two days before her scheduled release as part of a special amnesty program. A delegation of 15 people picked up Lien at the Center II in Ho Chi Minh City shortly before noon. “Ms. Lien exhibited joy in being greeted by her family and by the Vietnam Mennonite Church committee,” stated a press release issued by the church. Both Lien and her father refused to sign an amnesty paper indicating “release before end of sentence” because it included a clause stating that the punishment was just. Ms. Lien, 22*, reportedly endured severe torture and abuse while incarcerated at Chi Hoa Prison.