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Kidnapped Mexican ex-presidential candidate released: Report

Mexican former presidential candidate Diego Fernandez de Cevallos, who was kidnapped by unknown criminals in May, was set free on Saturday, the daily El Universal reported, citing a relative.

world Updated: Nov 27, 2010 23:15 IST

Mexican former presidential candidate Diego Fernandez de Cevallos, who was kidnapped by unknown criminals in May, was set free on Saturday, the daily El Universal reported, citing a relative.

Fernandez de Cevallos was released early today and appears to be healthy, the unnamed relative told the newspaper, giving no further details.

In October El Universal reported that the politician's family paid 20 million dollars ransom, and that his abductors agreed to release him in early November. The family neither confirmed nor denied the report.

Fernandez de Cevallos vanished on May 15 after he had driven to his ranch in the central Mexican state of Queretaro.

A prominent member of the ruling conservative National Action Party (PAN), Fernandez de Cevallos, 69, ran for president in 1994. He is close to President Felipe Calderon, also a member of the PAN.