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Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Diane Ablonczy confirmed over the weekend that the farmer, Henk Tepper, was released from a Beirut jail.

Mr. Tepper, of Drummond, New Brunswick, had been in custody in Beirut since March 23, 2011, on an international arrest warrant from Interpol on allegations he exported rotten potatoes to Algeria in 2007 and forged export documents.

Since his arrest in Beirut, Mr. Tepper has been in a legal limbo because Lebanon has no extradition treaty with Algeria.

From wire dispatches and staff reports