Spanish judge releases chemistry student behind alleged gas plot

On Thursday, a Spanish judge ordered the release of a Mexican chemistry student who was arrested on the suspicion of plotting a gas attack on protesters opposed to a visit by Pope Benedict XVI.
The suspect, Jose Perez Bautista, will remain under investigation, the Associated Press reports. Judge Fernando Andreu seized Perez Bautista's passport and ordered him to report to a police station twice a day. The pope arrived in Spain on Thursday for a four day visit.
Perez Bautista allegedly sent threatening online messages, including disparaging remarks about gays and said it was "my struggle" to kill them and "any anti-human aberration during their protests against the Catholic Church," the judge wrote, according to the Associated Press.
Perez Bautista allegedly said that he had access to acid and other chemicals that could be used to make Molotov cocktails that he would throw at protestors. He allegedly tried to recruit other people to join him as well.
Antonio Ortiz, the suspect's government-appointed attorney, said that the police hadn't seized any chemicals from his client and that Perez Bautista told the judge he never meant to stage an attack. Ortiz said the Mexican's online message were merely "a joke in bad taste."
"But in the end it was pure fantasy," Ortiz said, according to the Associated Press.