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El Salvador's former AG released from jail
[September 26, 2010]

El Salvador's former AG released from jail

San Salvador, Sep 26, 2010 (EFE via COMTEX) -- El Salvador's former attorney general has been released from jail after being arrested last week for illegal possession of an AK-47 assault rifle, the National Civilian Police said.

Felix Garried Safie was released on Saturday, a day after being arrested by Arms and Explosives Division, or DAE, agents on weapons charges, a PNC spokesman told Efe.

The Attorney General's Office decided not to file criminal charges against its former leader, the Diario de Hoy newspaper reported on its Web site.

DAE agents found the rifle belonging to the former attorney general during the inspection of a gun shop, PNC deputy director for investigations Howard Coto said on Friday.

The agents uncovered "irregularities" in the weapon's documents and serial number, Coto said.

"The documents that establish legitimate ownership of a firearm" must match "the serial number and characteristics of the weapons," the PNC deputy director for investigations said.

Garried Safie's arrest was "illegal" because only paperwork problems were involved, the former attorney general's lawyer, Miguel Conterras, told Diario de Hoy.

Garried Safie completed a three-year term as attorney general in April 2009. EFE lb/hv

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