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Sydney man arrested for Canberra powder scares.

Mr Evil 16 January 2008 25

The Australian newspaper is reporting this morning that –

“A SYDNEY man is expected to appear in court today on charges over white powder scares at three embassies and a federal government building in Canberra.

Members of ACT Policing’s Territory Investigations Group arrested the 35-year-old man yesterday at a Bondi Beach house where they seized documentation and computer hard drive material.

Police will allege that between December 21 and December 27 last year the man sent four packages from Sydney, three of which were discovered at the Israeli Embassy, the United States Embassy and the British High Commission on January 2 in Canberra.

A SYDNEY man is expected to appear in court today on charges over white powder scares at three embassies and a federal government building in Canberra.

Members of ACT Policing’s Territory Investigations Group arrested the 35-year-old man yesterday at a Bondi Beach house where they seized documentation and computer hard drive material.

Police will allege that between December 21 and December 27 last year the man sent four packages from Sydney, three of which were discovered at the Israeli Embassy, the United States Embassy and the British High Commission on January 2 in Canberra.

The fourth suspicious package was located by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade staff in their Barton offices in Canberra on January 3.

Police and the ACT Fire Brigade determined the substances were harmless.

The man was charged with four counts of inducing persons to believe a hoax package contained a dangerous substance or explosive and one count of using a postal service in a way regarded as being menacing.

The man is due in Sydney Central Local Court today.”

(Bondi? I wonder if he’s a Kiwi?)


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Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 5:13 pm 16 Jan 08

They’re the same organisation, but have slightly different staff, links from the http://www.afp.gov.au website, and different media releases.
ACT Policing is their friendly community arm.

freddie281 freddie281 5:09 pm 16 Jan 08

thought AFP jurisdiction was only on Commonwealth land?
ie, airports, etc.
Can someone enlighten us?
Comment by Thumper

AFP and ACT Police are one in the same. “ACT Policing” is the functional name given to those members of the AFP who have responsibility in the ACT. All AFP members still have jurisdictional powers for any offences ‘against’ the Commonwealth which apply in this case.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 4:43 pm 16 Jan 08

Well next time you judder as you driver over a judder bar, then you’ll understand!

I suppose you think Chocolate Fish are weird too???

Mælinar Mælinar 4:42 pm 16 Jan 08

I can add heaps to that list. I’ll make it choice.

hingo_VRCalaisV6 hingo_VRCalaisV6 4:30 pm 16 Jan 08

LOL judder bar. Where do Kiwi’s come up with this crap?

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 3:59 pm 16 Jan 08
Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 3:55 pm 16 Jan 08
pelican pelican 3:50 pm 16 Jan 08

Pity we couldn’t prosecute those responsible for bombarding us with those numerous government pre-election campaign brochures thinly disguised as government communications.

sjp sjp 3:36 pm 16 Jan 08

What the hell is a Judder Bar?

Mr Evil Mr Evil 2:55 pm 16 Jan 08

Yeah, it’s almost as big a give away as saying judder bars or jandals!

Mælinar Mælinar 2:27 pm 16 Jan 08

But Evil, is it ‘Subaaaroooh’ or ‘suberroooou’ – I said it one day and the guy screamed ‘you’re a kiwi!’

Mr Evil Mr Evil 12:50 pm 16 Jan 08

“Wherever Liberty is threatened, you will find…?”

A local Subaru dealer ready to help with whatever you need?

sjp sjp 12:49 pm 16 Jan 08

Bananaman?

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 12:37 pm 16 Jan 08

I suspect that the AFP involvement comes with the enforcement of Commonwealth legislation – in this case, the law relating to post (whatever that is).

Thumper Thumper 12:32 pm 16 Jan 08

Wherever there is injustice, you will find us

Wherever there is suffering, we’ll be there

Wherever liberty is threatened, you will find….

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 12:23 pm 16 Jan 08

Whenever they search a terrorism suspects home they always seize documnets and computer hard drives… Does this mean that anyone in possession of documents or owns a hard drive is suspect?

Mr Evil Mr Evil 11:29 am 16 Jan 08

Maybe because the offence involves Federal buildings and Depts, then the AFP have juristiction over the arrest?

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 11:27 am 16 Jan 08

Strange that neither the AFP or ACT Policing haven’t mentioned it on the website.

Thumper Thumper 11:26 am 16 Jan 08

I thought AFP jurisdiction was only on Commonwealth land?

ie, airports, etc.

Can someone enlighten us?

Mr Evil Mr Evil 11:25 am 16 Jan 08

Maybe they used lollies to lure him into a car in Sydney, drove down the Hume Hwy, and once he was safely over the ACT border they arrested him?

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