Monday, January 18, 2010

Activist Freed on Bail After Arrest in India

A London-based environmental campaigner traveling around the world in a biofuel-driven bus was released on bail in western India on Monday after being arrested last week for illegally using a satellite phone, his lawyer said.

Andy Pag, 35, was arrested in the town of Pushkar in Rajasthan state last Wednesday after Indian army radars detected his satellite phone, said his lawyer, Prateek Kasliwal.

Pag was not aware that he needed to get a permit to use a satellite phone in India, Kasliwal said.

According to Kasliwal, police arrested Pag - a dual Italian and British citizen whose full name is Andrea Pagnacco, on charges of being a threat to national security and of violating Indian wireless and telegraphy laws.

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