A judge has eased the terms of former Nicaraguan President Arnoldo Aleman's house arrest, allowing him to go free under family supervision.

Judge Roxana Zapata ruled that Aleman suffers from several chronic ailments and therefore is eligible to leave house arrest for medical reasons.

Aleman, whose term ran from 1997 to 2002, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for corruption in 2003. However, he has served most of that sentence in his home near the nation's capital, Managua.

Monday's decision allows Aleman to move freely around Managua and the surrounding province and to seek permission to travel nationwide. It forbids the former president and leader of the nation's Liberal Party, from leaving the country.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.