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US letter bomber threatens life imprisonment


Drawing by Cesar S. in front of a court in Florida on October 29, 2018.

Drawing by Cesar S. in front of a court in Florida on October 29, 2018.(Photo: imago / Agencia EFE)

Friday, November 09, 2018

He is said to have sent 16 packets of explosive content to political opponents of US President Trump, holding the nation in suspense for days on end. Now Cesar S. is being tried in a New York court. The indictment is unexpectedly long.

The New York prosecutor has charged in 30 counts against the sender of letter bombs to prominent critics of US President Donald Trump. Among the crimes accused of 56-year-old Cesar S. are the use of weapons of mass destruction and the use of a "destructive device" for a violent act, as representatives of judicial and police authorities announced. Thus, the US judiciary has tightened the list of formal accusers against the man once again. Should he be convicted, S. threatens life imprisonment.

The former pizza delivery man was captured in the state of Florida after a daylong manhunt on October 26, where he lived in a van full of Pro Trump stickers. Shortly thereafter, the judiciary brought its first formal charges against him, initially based on five allegations, ending in a maximum sentence of 48 years. S. was then flown to New York a few days later and brought to court earlier this week.

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In the now charged charges, it says that the 56-year-old has sent a total of 16 letters with explosives to 13 critics of the President. Originally, the investigators were still out of at least 13 explosives. The addressees of the potentially dangerous programs included former President Barack Obama, ex-vice-president Joe Biden, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, CNN television channel, multi-billionaire George Soros and Hollywood star Robert De Niro.

S. is a registered Republican and participated in election campaigns Trumps. The letter bombs and the attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh with eleven dead had fueled the discussion of Trump's aggressive rhetoric shortly before the congressional and governor elections. Critics accuse the president of paving the way for political violence through his often insulting remarks. He also publicly threatened and slandered the addressees of the letter bombs.





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