Man held over suspicious packages to Pak, other embassies in Australia

Victorian man arrested for allegedly sending suspicious packages to embassies

The 48-year-old man was arrested at his Shepparton home on Wednesday night and charged with sending risky articles to be carried by a postal service.

He was apprehended last night at his home, with images obtained by 9News showing police in hazmat gear assessing the suspect's home.

Local media on Monday reported that the Argentine consulate in Sydney had received a package containing white powder.

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

There has been no evidence yet that the packages were risky, but police Thursday said forensic testing was continuing to determine their exact contents.

"Police have identified all intended recipients and have put processes in place to recover the outstanding packages". They said there was no "ongoing threat to the general public" from the remaining nine.

Consulates of the UK, Switzerland, the USA and Pakistan are among those evacuated there.

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The incident comes just days after emergency services were called to the Argentinian consulate in Sydney's CBD after reports that a suspicious substance was found in a parcel.

The Indian, New Zealand, South Korean, Swiss, Greek, French, Italian, Pakistani, Spanish and United States consulates in Melbourne and Canberra were among those targeted with suspicious packages on Wednesday. They gave no additional details of how the asbestos was packaged or what the motive might have been.

On Wednesday, emergency services raced to a string of diplomatic facilities in Melbourne which had received packages containing suspected hazardous material.

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

DFAT said in a statement that these events prompted it to notify all diplomatic missions on Tuesday to be cautious with their mail.

"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.

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

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