Australia charges man over suspicious foreign mission parcels

Australia charges man over suspicious foreign mission parcels

Savas Avan allegedly sent 38 packages to embassies and consulates in Melbourne, Canberra, and Sydney.

Savas Avan was charged with sending risky articles through the postal service, Australian law enforcement officials said in a statement.

The man arrested is due to face a court in Melbourne on Thursday.

They identified all the intended recipients and were working to recover the remaining packages, but said there was no ongoing risk to the public. The Victoria state police said on January 9 that they believe the incidents are targeted, and that the general public is not at great risk.

Police have recovered 29 packages so far, with forensic testing to be undertaken to determine the nature of the substance.

The first parcel was received at the Argentinian consulate in Sydney on Monday and contained powder in clear plastic bags inside an envelope.

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Emergency services workers swarmed the US, Greek, French, Italian, Indian, New Zealand, Pakistani, Spanish, South Korean and Swiss consulates in Melbourne on Wednesday, with hazardous material alerts issued for more than a dozen locations. The powder was deemed not risky by New South Wales police.

He was taken into custody hours after the discovery of numerous suspicious packages which triggered a string of emergency responses across Melbourne, prompting the evacuation and closure of some consulates. Officials at the USA and Swiss missions in the city said they had also received packages.

"It didn't have a return address, written on the top was "samples" and because it didn't have a return address and without it having a note inside, we thought it was suspicious and because of that, we isolated it from the start", vice consul Georgia Botsiou said.

"Similar advice was subsequently provided to consulates around Australia".

Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the matter had been referred to the Australian Federal Police, as well as Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

DFAT said in a statement that after learning of the suspicious packages sent to three offices in Sydney and Canberra it notified all diplomatic missions on Tuesday and warned officials to be cautious with their mail.

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