Chile shrouds US embassy TNT case in secrecy

A Pakistani man was arrested at US embassy in Chile with traces of explosives.

Updated: May 13, 2010, 10:50 AM IST

Santiago: Chilean prosecutors on Wednesday dropped a veil of secrecy over the case of a Pakistani man found with traces of explosives as he visited the US embassy to discuss a revoked visa.

Prosecutor Francisco Jasir issued a special decree that means no information about the police investigation can be released until after the interrogation process is complete or the suspect freed.

Chilean authorities on Tuesday extended the detention of Mauhannas Saif Ur Rehnab Khan under the South American country`s anti-terror laws. Rehnab, 28, who has denied any terror ties, can be detained until Saturday without charge.

Experts found traces of a TNT explosive derivative on the young suspect`s hands, cell phone, bag and documentation after he went through a security checkpoint on Monday, prompting embassy staff to notify police.

Rehnab insisted he did not know where the traces came from, and said that he was at the embassy only to renew his visa.

But the State Department said in Washington that the embassy called Rehnab in after revoking his US visa. It did not say why the visa had been revoked.

PTI