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Peru frees Chilean arrested outside air base

Last Updated: Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 11:21

Lima: Peruvian police have freed one of two Chileans arrested this week on suspicion of espionage.

Local prosecutor Lelia Vasquez says 34-year-old bicycle trekker Maximiliano Serain, who had pitched his tent a few meters from the perimeter fence of the El Pato airbase on Peru`s northern coast, turned out to be the artist he claimed to be.

Police had said they found him with a camera and sketches of the base.

The second Chilean remains under arrest in the southern city of Tacna. Peruvian news reports say 19-year-old Nicolas Pizarro was arrested taking photographs at an Army post there.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 11:21
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