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Relieved 'Peru Six' can travel again

AAP logoAAP 8/10/2016 Julian Drape

Six young Australians who became suspects after a Peru hotel worker fell to his death in 2012 say they are looking forward to "travelling freely" again after learning they won't be prosecuted.

The former students - dubbed the Peru Six - say a Lima court and senior prosecutor have confirmed they had nothing to do with the death of doorman Lino Rodriguez Vilchez who was found on the footpath outside their Lima hotel in January 2012.

"The past four and half years have caused immense uncertainty, frustration as well as emotional and financial strain," Hugh Hanlon, Tom Hanlon and Jessica Vo of Melbourne and Sydney trio Sam Smith, Harrison Geier and Andrew Pilat said in a statement on Facebook on Saturday.

"Today, we feel overwhelming relief as we close this chapter of our lives and finally move on.

"We are looking forward to travelling freely and, most importantly, to continue what will always be a lifelong friendship with each other."

The six Australians became suspects months after the doorman's death.

They insisted they had little contact with Mr Rodriguez before some of them heard a thud outside their hotel window.

Police initially found he'd jumped from a balcony but the man's family launched a campaign to re-open the case and the Australians were subsequently labelled "killers" by local media.

Judges wanted the suspects to travel back to Peru to be questioned but in late 2013 they won the right to give statements from Australia.

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