An Australian man was charged on Thursday January 10th with sending dozens of packages containing a dangerous substance to embassies and consulates around the country, AFP has reported.
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 reported receiving suspicious packages, authorities said.
The man was accused of sending through the post 38 parcels believed to contain asbestos, a cancer-causing material, to consulates and embassies in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney.
Police did not put forward a motive for Avan's alleged actions. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, police said. Avan was remanded in custody without bail and is due to appear in court again in early March.
On Wednesday, emergency services raced to a string of diplomatic facilities in Melbourne that had received the suspect packages. Consulates of the United States, China, Italy, India, Japan and New Zealand were among those targeted.