Man from the U.K. released from Peruvian jail after serving two years

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Alan Rae of Faringdon, U.K. (Photo: BBC)

Alan Rae, 40, from Faringdon, U.K. was arrested in 2009 and given a 14-year sentence for drug smuggling after a trial earlier this year, the BBC reports.

He has now been acquitted on appeal and is hoping to be back in Oxfordshire for his daughter’s 15th birthday on Sunday.

Rae’s partner, Lynn Rae, said, "This is the best birthday present our daughter has ever had."

Rae was arrested when he and his travel companion, Nathan Brandon, from Abingdon, were stopped at Jorge Chavez International Airport.

Brandon was found to be carrying cocaine and took full responsibility for the crime, but Rae was also imprisoned.

For the first year and a half in Peru he had no legal representation, but the human rights charity Fair Trials International campaigned on his behalf.

Chief Executive of the charity Jago Russell said, "An acquittal of this kind in a drug case in Peru is extremely rare, and we are grateful to the authorities for giving this case the careful attention it deserved."

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