Dad 'ripped up walls' before sending 'asbestos parcels' to consulates

Hazmat and fire crews work outside the Indian and French Consulate in Melbourne Australia

Hazmat and fire crews work outside the Indian and French Consulate in Melbourne Australia

Greek vice-consul Georgia Botsiou told SBS Greek radio it had received the package on Friday afternoon.

The man, named as Savas Avan, was charged with sending unsafe articles through a postal service, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) said in a statement on Thursday.

The Australian Federal Police said that 29 packages were being examined, and that the incidents were under investigation.

He was charged with sending unsafe articles to be carried by a postal service and is scheduled to appear before Melbourne Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

The 48-year-old Shepparton man appeared in court today.

Police allege he sent 38 parcels with a substance from his home in Shepparton, Victoria, but said the exact composition of the substance is still being determined.

A Victorian man has faced court accused of sending 38 suspicious packages to embassies and consulates in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney, forcing closures and evacuations. Police suspect the substance in the packages was sourced from the man's home.

Emergency services were called to French, Greek, Indian, Italian, New Zealand, Pakistani, South Korean, Spanish, Swiss and US consulates in Melbourne on January 9.

Local media on Monday reported that the Argentine consulate in Sydney had received a package containing white powder.

There has been no evidence yet that the packages were unsafe, but police Thursday said forensic testing was continuing to determine their exact contents. The maximum penalty for the crime is 10 years in jail.

Avan was ordered held without bail and is due to appear in court again in early March. Officials at the USA and Swiss missions in the city said they had also received packages.

On Wednesday, emergency services raced to a string of diplomatic facilities in Melbourne which had received packages containing suspected hazardous material.

There was no ongoing threat to the public, authorities said.

"The note advised missions to handle mail in accordance with their own government's protocols and instructions", Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement.

Notícias recomendadas

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.