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