Man Charged With Sending Dangerous Parcels To Embassies In Australia

Emergency service personnel leave the building where the Korean consulate is located in Melbourne

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.

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

SYDNEY: Australian police have arrested a 48-year-old man for allegedly sending dozens of suspicious packages to embassies and consulates, including the Pakistani mission, around the country on Wednesday.

Savas Avan, 49, faced Melbourne Magistrates Court this afternoon, charged with sending 38 risky articles in the post; a Commonwealth offence.

The packages contained asbestos, once a popular building material that can cause cancer and scarring of the lungs.

The Australian Federal Police said: "The man was arrested at his home last night and was charged with sending unsafe articles to be carried by a postal service, contrary to section 471 of the Criminal Code Act 1995".

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 received the suspicious packages, authorities said.

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Police say there is no ongoing threat to the public as they have identified all other recipients of the remaining parcels and have processes in place to seize them.

The powder, contained in clear plastic bags within an envelope, was subsequently deemed not unsafe.

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"Today [Wednesday] we received communication from the diplomatic body here in Victoria that there are suspicious packets circulating and that we should contact the police if we've received something and we have contacted the police", Botsiou said, translated from Greek.

DFAT told AAP it had sent an email to all Canberra diplomatic missions on Tuesday.

"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.

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

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