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Spokesman: US citizen Puracal leaves Nicaragua


MEXICO CITY (AP) — A representative for a U.S. citizen who won an appeal after being jailed for nearly two years on drug and money-laundering charges says he has left the country after his release from prison.

Jason Puracal is out of Nicaragua but his family will not for the time being release any information about how he left or where he is, said Brad Chase, a spokesman for the David House Agency, a crisis-management firm that has been helping Puracal's family.

The 35-year-old Tacoma, Washington, man left prison Thursday afternoon. He was convicted in August 2011 and sentenced to 22 years in prison in September. The case drew the scrutiny of U.S. lawmakers and human rights advocates who considered the judicial process marred with inconsistencies.

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