Police alleged that the person had despatched 38 parcels in all to consulates and embassies in Melbourne. (FILE)
An Australian man was charged Thursday with sending dozens of packages believed to comprise asbestos to embassies and consulates across the nation.
Savas Avan appeared in a Melbourne court docket after being arrested at his dwelling in rural Victoria state on Wednesday, the identical day a number of consulates in Melbourne acquired the suspicious packages, authorities stated.
Local media reported that Avan, 49, attended court docket carrying a T-shirt that includes a personality from the animated movie Minions, with the slogan “more than meets the eye”.
Police allege he despatched 38 parcels containing a harmful substance to consulates and embassies in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney.
Local media quoted court docket paperwork saying the substance was asbestos, a cancer-causing materials as soon as broadly utilized in building, however a police spokeswoman declined to verify or deny the stories.
Police didn’t put ahead a motive for Avan’s alleged actions.
He was charged with sending harmful supplies by way of the publish. The fees carry a most sentence of 10 years in jail, police stated.
Avan was ordered held with out bail and is because of seem in court docket once more in early March.
On Wednesday, emergency services raced to a string of diplomatic services in Melbourne that had acquired the suspect packages.
There was no apparent sample to international locations focused, with consulates of the United States, China, Italy, India, Japan and New Zealand struggling scares.
The first suspect packages had been discovered at three consulates and embassies in Sydney and Canberra earlier within the week, main the Department of Foreign Affairs to ship notes to all diplomatic missions Tuesday “alerting them to the possibility of suspicious packages being delivered by mail”.
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