Canada

Lamont & Spencer paroled

David Spencer and Christine Lamont have been granted full parole. The pair could be freed anytime. But the prisons won't release the date, to protect their privacy.

It was just two months ago that Lamont and Spencer landed in Abbotsford, British Columbia, ending their stay in a Brazilian prison for kidnapping a supermarket mogul.

They had served nine years of a 28 year sentence. They have spent their time in separate prisons in the Lower Mainland.

At the time they returned to Canada their lawyer said the two will have served a third of their sentences as of next month, and would be applying for parole.

Lamont is from Langley, British Columbia and Spencer is from Moncton, New Brunswick.

The two Canadians were part of a group of 10 people who kidnapped Brazilian tycoon Abilio Diniz in 1989, demanding a ransom of $30 million US. They planned to use the money to fund leftist guerrillas in El Salvador. But the kidnapping was foiled before payment of the money, and Diniz was freed unharmed.

Lamont and Spencer denied their guilt for six years but finally admitted two years ago to taking part in the crime. Less than three months ago they went on a hunger strike to press for their repatriation.