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Parcel closes Indonesia embassy in Australia CANBERRA (AUSTRALIA) - A suspicious package sparked a fresh security alert at Indonesia's Embassy in Canberra on Tuesday, but tests showed white powder it contained was harmless. Officers in breathing gear sifted through mail at the building close to Australia's Parliament House after a report of a suspicious package, a federal police spokesman said.

"It has since been tested and has returned a harmless result," police sergeant Steve Cooke told reporters. None of the embassy staff had to undergo decontamination. Cooke declined to say whether a note was included in the package. He said the incident will be treated as a serious criminal offense. The security scare, which forced the closure of the mission on Tuesday, is the second at the embassy in a week.

The Indonesian embassy was shut down last week and its 46 staff quarantined for 12 hours after it received a package containing a white powder. Police later said the powder was harmless. The incident occurred as a public backlash rages in Australia against the conviction in Bali of an Australian on drug charges. Security at the Indonesian embassy has been stepped up in recent weeks after staff received threats over the drugs case.


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Posted in General @ 07 June 2005 07:54 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





Jeroen
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Who on earth thinks about spreading anthrax forming bacteria? I hope this will be treated as a terrorist attack. Since it's the Indonesian embassy, I hope those who did this, will be put in Indonesian jail. Emoticon: Laugh out loud



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it happened in canberra so I don't think they will be jailed in indonesia.
and I doubt they/he/she will be caught



bunga belanda
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I think Jeroen has a point.....isnt the indonesian embassy considered indonesian grounds? no matter where the location?




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On 01-06-2005 23:17 bunga belanda wrote:
I think Jeroen has a point.....isnt the indonesian embassy considered indonesian grounds? no matter where the location?


That's why I said they can be convicted in Indonesia.. Emoticon: Smile



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Now I hope you are all aware that the powder was harmless. All that over-reaction was for nothing. Emoticon: Yawn



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