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Charges Dropped Against U.S. Suspect In Ricin Case

Prosecutors in the United States have dropped charges against a Mississippi man accused of sending U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama, letters contaminated with the poison ricin.

The announcement came several hours after suspect Paul Kevin Curtis was released from a Mississippi jail.

In a court order calling for the charges to be dismissed, prosecutors said the “ongoing investigation has revealed new information.”

Curtis said he respects Obama and “would never do anything to pose a threat.”

After the charges were dropped, Curtis said, “I love my country.”

Authorities said last week that letters believed to have been sent by Curtis to the White House, a U.S. senator, and a Mississippi justice official initially tested positive for ricin and that further tests would be conducted.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP