An Australian man was charged Thursday with sending dozens of packages believed to contain asbestos to embassies and consulates around the country.
Authorities said “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.”
Local media reported that Avan, 49, attended court wearing a T-shirt featuring a character from the animated film Minions, with the slogan “more than meets the eye”.
Police allege he sent 38 parcels containing a dangerous substance to consulates and embassies in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney.
police said, “He was charged with sending dangerous materials through the post. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.”
The first suspect packages were found at three consulates and embassies in Sydney and Canberra earlier in the week, leading the Department of Foreign Affairs to send notes to all diplomatic missions Tuesday “alerting them to the possibility of suspicious packages being delivered by mail”.
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19 January, 2019