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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Ask for Privacy

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Apr 24, 2006 | 4:08am EDT

Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have issued a statement to press attempting to intrude on their Namibian vacation--"kindly asking" them for privacy during their vacation.

The Mr. and Mrs. Smith co-stars arrived in the African nation on April 5 with their adopted children Maddox and Zahara Marley and have been staying at the luxury Burning Shores resort.

Since their arrival, the world's press has descended to the region in the hope of photographing eight-months pregnant Jolie and her family.

In a signed statement given to the Namibian press, the couple write, "We love Africa and to be here in Namibia with our family is very special for us.

"To the local people who have been so kind and gracious, thank you for making us feel at home.

"As for the press, we kindly ask for privacy so that we can enjoy this beautiful country with our children."

Supporting their concerns, Namibian Prime Minister Nahas Angula told the media, "This lady is expecting.

"You guys are harassing her. Why don't you allow her some privacy? Harassment is not allowed in Namibia. If a person says they don't want to be photographed then, of course, that person deserves protection."

Namibia Deports Jolie And Pitt Paparazzi

Latest: The authorities in Namibia have reportedly ordered the deportation of one South African and three French photographers who have been snapping Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt during their vacation in the country.

According to South African newspaper the Sunday Times, the crackdown on the paparazzi has the backing of Namibian Prime Minister Nahas Angula.

Angula told the media surrounding Pitt and Jolie's heavily guarded holiday retreat, "This lady is expecting.

"You guys are harassing her. Why don't you allow her some privacy? Harassment is not allowed in Namibia. If a person says they don't want to be photographed then, of course, that person deserves protection."

And an article published in yesterday's edition of the Sunday Times reads, "Three French paparazzi photographers were ordered to leave this week or face arrest.

"Others--including a Sunday Times photographer--have been issued letters by the country's Directorate of Immigration sating they are 'prohibited/illegal immigrants' and given 48 hours to pack up and leave or face arrest."

Jolie and Pitt issued a statement this weekend asking for their privacy to be respected at this delicate stage of the Tomb Raider beauty's pregnancy.

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