US Mail Bomb Suspect to Appear in Election Day Court Hearing

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 8, 2018

Sayoc made his first court appearance on Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan following his transfer from Florida.

Prosecutors have accused Sayoc of sending 16 improvised explosive devices to people like former President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joseph Biden and billionaire investor George Soros, as well as to CNN.

None of the devices exploded and no one was injured when the packages were intercepted en route to their targets, but the authorities at the time did not hesitate to label the episodes a campaign of terrorism.

Authorities arrested Cesar Sayoc, a staunch Trump supporter, in Plantation, Florida, on October 26 in connection with the series of mail bombs ― none of which detonated.

He was living in a van covered with stickers of Trump and showing images of some of the president's opponents with red crosshairs over their faces.

Federal prosecutors chose to charge Sayoc, a resident of of Aventura, Fla., in New York City in part because evidence that linked him to several of the packages was discovered there. He wore navy blue jail scrubs and a gray pony tail.

The 56-year-old will appear in federal court in downtown Manhattan at noon ET, according to a letter from federal prosecutors to Judge Robert Lehrburger.

He was arrested last month and charged with interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and certain other persons, threatening interstate communications and assaulting current and former federal officers.

His lawyer has questioned the evidence in the case. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Sayoc, a registered Republican with a criminal history and reported past as a stripper, initially appeared in court in Miami, before being sent to NY, where charges were first filed in the mail bombing spree.

Sayoc's mother, Madeline Sayoc, sent a letter to ABC News that was published Sunday, stating he has struggled with mental health for much of his life.

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