In brief: Embassy visitor charged, released
Santiago, Chile – A Pakistani man detained with suspicious chemical residues at the U.S. Embassy in Chile was charged with possessing explosives on Saturday, and then set free pending further investigation.
Mohammad Saif Ur Rehman Khan was ordered to stay in Chile and check in with authorities once a week. Prosecutors have three more months to develop their case, Judge Maria Carolina Herrera ruled.
Defense attorney Gabriel Carrion said the judge declined to charge Khan with associating with terrorists for lack of evidence.
Khan, who maintains his innocence, made a victory sign with his hand and said only “Viva Chile” to a crowd of reporters as he left the courthouse with his lawyer.
Abhisit warns of rising violence
Bangkok,Thailand – Thailand’s leader warned violence was on the rise after three days of rolling street battles in the heart of Bangkok and hinted today that a curfew may be imposed on the sprawling metropolis of more than 10 million people.
Schools were also ordered shut Monday due to the violence that has killed 25 people since a military operation began Thursday to seal off a protest camp occupied by anti-government demonstrators demanding early elections.
Speaking on his weekly television program, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva insisted that the military operation to quell protests was the answer in ending the country’s two-month-long crisis.