Arrest made over 38 "suspicious" packages sent to foreign missions in Australia

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A 49-year old Shepparton man has been arrested after he allegedly sent packages containing asbestos to consulates and embassies in the Australian cities of Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney.

Savas Avan was arrested by the Victorian Police and Australian Federal Police following suspicious envelopes being sent to the 38 diplomatic missions on January 7. There have been no reports of harm to any consulate staff.

He has been charged with sending dangerous articles to be carried by a postal service, which could result in a 10-year prison sentence if Mr. Avan is convicted.

A Government alert to foreign consulates and embassies had been released on Tuesday January 8th after the discovery of 3 packages.  Police have recovered 29 of the packages, with forensic testing to be undertaken to determine what they contain.

The case is due to return to court on March 4.



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