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Suspicious packages found at embassies in Australia

Suspicious packages found at embassies in Australia

In a joint statement, the Australian federal police and Victoria police said the man was charged with sending risky articles to be carried by a postal service, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years jail under the Criminal Code Act 1995.

"Forensic police have spent a large part of today raiding his Shepparton home".

Police allege he sent 38 parcels containing a risky substance to consulates and embassies in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney.

Police have so far recovered 29 of the packages and identified "all intended recipients".

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

DFAT said three similar incidents recently occurred in Sydney and Canberra, and the ABC understands that the Argentinian consulate in Sydney was also sent three bags containing asbestos and fibreglass on Monday.

A 48-year-old from northern Victoria has been arrested and charged over dozens of suspicious packages that were delivered to embassies and consulates throughout Australia.

The British, Greek, Indian, New Zealand, South Korean, Spanish, Taiwanese, and Turkish consulates in Melbourne were also evacuated. Officials at the USA and Swiss missions in the city said they had also received packages.

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It is understood the envelope, which looked like a normal letter, was addressed to the Consulate-General of Pakistan.

A man has been arrested after almost 40 suspicious packages were discovered at foreign embassies and consulates across Australia.

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

The Pakistani consulate was delivered a package at 10am on Wednesday morning but only contacted authorities when prompted by an email from Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, according to The Age.

Avan will next appear in court in March.

The arrest came after around 10 diplomatic missions, mostly in Melbourne, on Wednesday reported the delivery of suspicious packages, some of them labelled "asbestos".

"They were very quick on to it, they provided advice to the relevant consular residences and in practical terms we learnt very quickly, that evening, that the substance was inert", he said.


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