New charges brought against suspect in attempted U.S

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 10, 2018

U.S. prosecutors charged Cesar Sayoc with 30 criminal counts, including multiple counts of using a weapon of mass destruction and interstate transport of explosives.

He was arrested October 26 at an auto parts store, and charged with five federal crimes, including transporting explosives across state lines, threatening former presidents and assaulting federal officials.

The 56-year-old was charged with the use of a weapon of mass destruction, interstate transportation of an explosive, threatening interstate commerce, illegally mailing an explosive, carrying an explosive while committing a felony, and using a destructive device to engage in a violent crime.

None of the devices exploded.

Mr Sayoc, who was arrested on 26 October after a massive manhunt in Florida, is being held in detention in NY without bail.

A lawyer for Sayoc had no comment. He has been held without bail since his capture.

Sayoc was initially to appear in court three days ago. He had been living in a van covered with stickers of Trump and showing images of some Trump opponents with crosshairs over their faces. Prosecutors said they found searches on a cell phone seized from Sayoc for the home addresses of his alleged targets, as well as pictures of some the victims.

The charges include five counts of use of a weapon of mass destruction for each pipe bomb mailed to and intercepted in the NY area, targeting billionaire liberal donor George Soros, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, actor Robert de Niro, former CIA director John Brennan and former intelligence chief James Clapper.

The man accused of mailing a series of pipe bombs across the country to critics of President Trump - including former President Barack Obama, liberal philanthropist George Soros, actor Robert De Niro and CNN offices - was indicted on Friday.

Sayoc was arrested by federal investigators in the South Florida town of Plantation last month after fingerprints and DNA evidence led to a trackdown by the FBI. Cory Booker. Packages were also mailed to CNN in NY and Atlanta.

Sayoc now stands accused of mailing 16 explosive devices, despite law enforcement officials previously alleging that he sent 11 critics of the United States president a total of 13 different devices.

The case was randomly assigned to U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff. At that time, he will enter a plea.

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