(AP) - American journalist Paul Salopek was
released Saturday from a prison in the war-torn Darfur region
where he was held for more than a month on espionage charges.
A judge in the North Darfur capital of el-Fasher
released the Chicago Tribune journalist and his Chadian driver
and interpreter after a 13-minute hearing.
"We are stopping the case and we are releasing
you right now. And that is all," the judge said in English,
according to the Tribune.
"I am grateful to the Sudanese President al-Bashir,
Governor Richardson, the U.S. ambassador, and of course the U.S.
consul who visited me in detention, and was helpful for me and
my colleagues," Salopek, 44, told a news conference after
arriving in Khartoum.