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Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn waits to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, May 20, 2013, before the House subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing on Advocating for American Jacob Ostreichers Freedom after two years in Bolivian detention. Ostreicher was arrested in June 2011 by Bolivian police after it was alleged that he did business with “people wanted in their countries because of links with drug trafficking and money laundering.”  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn waits to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, May 20, 2013, before the House subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing on Advocating for American Jacob Ostreichers Freedom after two years in Bolivian detention. Ostreicher was arrested in June 2011 by Bolivian police after it was alleged that he did business with “people wanted in their countries because of links with drug trafficking and money laundering.” (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(AP) Actor Sean Penn is urging the U.S. government to pressure Bolivia to free an American businessman jailed there since 2011.


Penn says international pressure is what Bolivian President Evo Morales needs to free Jacob Ostreicher of New York.


Ostreicher was granted house arrest in December after being jailed 18 months without being charged with any crime. He was arrested in a money laundering case in June 2011 while he was trying to salvage a rice-growing venture.


Penn spoke Monday before a congressional committee looking at Ostreicher's case.


Republican Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey says Ostreicher is the victim of a network of people in government who are extorting him and who took away his company.


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