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US mail bomb suspect appears in New York court

AFP  |  New York 

Cesar Sayoc, the man accused of sending pipe bombs to critics of US Donald Trump, appeared in a court Tuesday and was ordered held without

Sayoc, 56, appeared before a Manhattan federal court for just a few minutes. He did not fight detention and was remanded, an at the US Attorney's office said. He will need to be indicted before November 12.

He was arrested on October 26 and charged with mailing to former Barack Obama, former vice Joe Biden, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and others.

Several of the devices were intercepted in

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

The attempted bombings heightened political tensions and put the on edge ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections, seen as a referendum on the Trump presidency.

The suspect was living in a van plastered with pro-Trump and anti-Democrat stickers when he was arrested at an auto store in Plantation,

The were sent through the mail and Sayoc was tracked down based on fingerprint and possible DNA evidence, according to the FBI.

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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 00:55 IST