Costa Rican minister freed

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Tegucigalpa (Reuter) - A Honduran guerrilla who kidnapped four people freed his last remaining hostage, Costa Rica's Security Minister, Luis Fishman, yesterday and was allowed to leave for Mexico, Costa Rican and Honduran officials said.

The kidnapping saga, which began in Costa Rica on Wednesday, came to a peaceful end after Mexico agreed to allow Orlando Ordonez Betancourt, a member of a rebel left-wing group, safe passage into the country, the officials said.

The final release came after 12 hours of negotiations between the kidnapper and officials of Honduras, Costa Rica and the Vatican. Ordonez took the hostages during a meeting in San Jose, then demanded that they be flown to the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa.