Publicado: Vie, Enero 11, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Australia: Man arrested over suspicious parcels sent to embassies

DFAT said in a statement it had warned all diplomatic missions in Australia to be tired of opening mail on January 8, after learning that suspicious packages were sent to three embassies and consulates in Canberra and Sydney on January 7.

A court sketch shows the accused wearing a T-shirt featuring the popular Minions cartoon character in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court today.

The ABC and Fairfax Media report that the packages contained cement and broken tiles in regular envelopes, with some packages including a note reading "asbestos".

Police did not put forward a motive for Avan's alleged actions.

Mr Avan did not apply for bail.

The arrest came hours after consulates in Melbourne were forced into lockdown having received suspicious packages in the mail.

They identified all the intended recipients and were working to recover the remaining packages, but said there was no ongoing risk to the public.

Police said they had so far recovered 29 of the 38 packages and were undertaking forensic testing to determine what they were carrying. Victoria police said they believed the incidents were targeted and did not impact the general community.

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Police wore hazmat gear as they scoured the suspect's Shepparton home this morning.

Savas Avan appeared in a Melbourne court after being arrested at his home in rural Victoria state on Wednesday, the same day several consulates in Melbourne received the suspicious packages, authorities said.

A 49-year-old man has appeared in court over suspicious packages delivered to embassies and consulates throughout Australia.

DFAT told AAP it had sent an email to all Canberra-based diplomatic missions on Tuesday.

Another firefighter at the South Korean consulate.

He was charged with sending risky articles to be carried by postal service and faces a maximum of 10 years in prison if he is found guilty.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said it had sent an email to all diplomatic missions in Canberra this week, after three offices in the capital and Sydney received suspicious packages.

No-one was injured in the incident yesterday.

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