Pakistani charged in Chile with explosives possession

10:36, May 16, 2010      

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A Pakistani man was charged on Saturday with illegal possession of explosives after officials found traces of explosives on him at the U.S. Embassy in Chile.

Mauhannas Saif ur Rehnab Khan, 28, was detained at the embassy on Monday under an anti-terrorism law. He was set free Saturday pending further probe.

Khan was invited to the embassy for a discussion about his U.S. visa which had been revoked.

As he went through a security check, embassy officials detected traces of explosives on his cell phone and documents.

He has been formally charged with illegal possession of explosives but not with breaking the anti-terrorism law, after he appeared in a closed-door hearing in the capital Santiago.

Khan's detention came a week after the U.S. authorities arrested Faisal Shahzad in New York, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, and accused him of having planted a car bomb on May 1 in Times Square.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:黄硕)

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