Michaella McCollum released from prison in Peru

It remains unclear when Ms McCollum will be eligible to return home

Updated 19.45:

Michaella McCollum has been released from prison in Peru, her solicitor has confirmed.

The Co Tyrone woman was convicted in 2013 of trying to smuggle cocaine worth €1.8 million euro to Spain and received a six-and-a-half year sentence.

In a statement, Kevin Winters says Michaella was released at 5pm yesterday following a successful application for parole.

She has not been released under any repatriation scheme between Peru and the UK, and there will be a judicial hearing to determine the conditions of her parole.

However, it remains unclear when Ms McCollum will be eligible to return home.

Mr Winters adds that they are working with her lawyers in Peru to clarify the position further.

Michaella and Scottish woman Melissa Reid were sentenced to six years and eight months’ in prison last December for attempting to smuggle 11.5 kilos of cocaine, worth €1.8m, on a flight from Lima to Spain.

Prison authorities in Peru accepted a transfer request for McCollum , but the process took a number of months.

Journalist in Lima Simeon Tegel describes the conditions life in a Peruvian prison: