Minneapolis photojournalist released from jail in Thailand

Minneapolis photojournalist Hok Chun Anthony Kwan, arrested in Thailand for having protective clothing, has been temporarily released. Kwan was arrested in Bangkok on Aug. 23 for carrying a bulletproof vest and helmet in his luggage. He'd been covering the aftermath of the Bangkok bombings that killed 20 people.

Under Thai law, a license is needed to possess body armor, which is treated as a weapon.

Kwan will need to return to Thailand for a Sept. 17 bail renewal hearing. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison.

Kwan was born and raised in Hong Kong, but while studying engineering at the University of Minnesota, he joined the Minnesota Daily school newspaper as a staff photographer and gave up his engineering career to become a professional freelance photographer.