Pakistani charged in Chile for explosives, freed

But Mauhannas Saif ur Rehnab, 28, was not charged with violating the anti-terrorism law.
Rehnab had been held without charge since his arrest Monday under the provisions of an anti-terrorism law.

An intern at a Santiago hotel, he had gone to the embassy after being called in for a discussion about his US visa, which had been revoked.As he went through a security check, embassy officials discovered traces of a TNT explosive on his hands, cell phone, bag and documents.

He appeared before a magistrate yesterday in a closed hearing requested by a Chilean rights group seeking his release."He was charged with illegal possession of explosives, but not with breaking the anti-terror law," a court source told AFP.

Now authorities will decide if he should remain in custody while the investigation continues, the source added.His fate has stirred controversy in Chile, with leftist opposition members complaining that he had been held without charge, although under the provisions of the anti-terror law this is legal.

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