Chip-fat bus driver bailed in India

An environmental campaigner from London attempting to drive around the world on a bus powered by vegetable oil has been bailed after his arrest on terrorism-related charges in India, his lawyer has said.

Andy Pag, 35, was stopped by police on Monday for using an unlicensed satellite phone in the north-western state of Rajasthan, according to his family and lawyer Prateek Kasliwal.

The British-Italian campaigner, who lives in Croydon and whose full name is Andrea Pagnacco, was bailed by a judge and ordered to pay a 40,000 rupee (£540) surety while police investigate if he threatened national security.

He is allowed to continue on his journey, but must report back for future hearings. Mr Kasliwal said the next court date had not been set.

Mr Pag was "completely and utterly innocent of anything even remotely connected to terrorism", his sister Francesca Pagnacco said on Sunday.

He previously drove to Timbuktu in a truck powered by chocolate and organised a biofuel vehicle rally between London and Athens called 'Grease to Greece.

His current adventure involves using chip fat thrown away by burger bars to power the converted bus overland, and is accompanied by a blog on low carbon energy sources.

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