Mexican accused of gas plot freed on bail

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A Mexican chemistry student accused by police of plotting a gas attack on anti-papal protesters walked free on bail Thursday facing charges of making online threats.

In a written judgement, the National Court said Jose Alvano Perez Bautista should appear at his local Madrid police station twice a day and remain in Spain.

The ruling noted that Bautista had said his online threats to attack the protesters with chlorine gas and other chemicals were a "joke" aimed at stopping other comments in favour of the protesters.

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