Venezuelan ex-intel chief wanted by US freed in Aruba, arrives home

A Venezuelan ex-military intelligence chief arrested at the United States' request on drug trafficking charges by Aruba was freed from jail Sunday and returned home, authorities said.

"It is a very brave decision by Holland to acknowledge diplomatic immunity was violated, and for international law to be restored. It takes clarity, good will and bravery," President Nicolas Maduro said.

Aruba, close to Venezuela's coast, is an autonomous part of the kingdom of the Netherlands.