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© Cris Bouroncle, AFP | Spanish nationals, held as inmates in different jails in Peru, await transportation to the airport at a police facility in the outskirts of Lima on March 16, 2017.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-03-17

Dozens of Spanish prisoners flew home from Peru on Thursday, in a move that will allow the inmates to serve the rest of their prison sentences closer to their families.

The agreement under which they will leave was brokered between the two countries and billed as a humanitarian gesture that will allow prisoners to better re-integrate society after completing their sentences.

Peru is the world's second-largest cocaine producer, and many of the narcotics arriving in Europe pass through Spain, where traffickers offer "drug mules" a hefty sum to travel to Lima and smuggle back cocaine.

There are currently more than 200 Spaniards in Peruvian prisons on drug charges, more inmates than from any other foreign country.

Click in the player above to see the full video report on the repatriation of Spanish prisoners.

Date created : 2017-03-17

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