The leader of a Western Saharan separatist group arrived in Algeria early on Wednesday, after leaving a hospital in Spain where he was being treated for Covid-19.
Brahim Ghali, the Polisario Front leader, left Spain at 01:40 local time (23:40 GMT) on a chartered plane.
“He arrived safe and sound,” the Reuters news agency quoted Jalil Mohamed, the Polisario Front’s spokesman, as saying.
The move came after a judge in Madrid turned down a request by prosecutors to detain him in relation to alleged human rights abuses.
His presence in Spain had triggered a diplomatic row between Spain and Morocco, which claims sovereignty over Western Sahara – a former Spanish colony.