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Sean Penn with US businessman wanted in Bolivia

December 17, 2013
Associated Press

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Actor Sean Penn says he is with Jacob Ostreicher after a humanitarian operation was carried out to remove the New York businessman from Bolivia.

Penn said Ostreicher is safe, well and receiving medical attention at an undisclosed location.

In a statement sent by his publicist, Penn said Ostreicher needed to be extracted "from the corrupt prosecution and imprisonment he was suffering in Bolivia." He didn't provide any details about the operation or who was behind it.

Penn has taken a deep interest in Ostreicher's plight and traveled to La Paz a year ago to urge President Evo Morales to free him. After the visit, Ostreicher was released from jail and placed under house arrest while a money laundering investigation into the rice-growing venture he managed continued to work its way through Bolivia's justice system.



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