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USA: Man accused of sending toxic letters to Trump appears in court

United States, Salt Lake City
October 16, 2018 at 03:15 GMT +00:00 · Published

A man accused of posting the deadly toxin ricin to US President Donald Trump, appeared in court for the first time on Monday, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He claimed in court that he had also sent letters containing ricin to Queen Elizabeth II and Russian President Vladmir Putin.

William Clyde Allen III allegedly sent letters containing the substance to President Trump, as well as to Secretary of Defence James Mattis and a high ranking navy admiral. He was charged with threatening to use a biological weapon and with sending threats via post.

Although none of the letters reached their intended recipients, tests for ricin were positive. According to court documents, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was easily able to locate Allen as he put his return address on all of the letters.

Ricin is a highly deadly toxin produced from castor beans and is listed as a controlled substance under both the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention and the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention.

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A man accused of posting the deadly toxin ricin to US President Donald Trump, appeared in court for the first time on Monday, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He claimed in court that he had also sent letters containing ricin to Queen Elizabeth II and Russian President Vladmir Putin.

William Clyde Allen III allegedly sent letters containing the substance to President Trump, as well as to Secretary of Defence James Mattis and a high ranking navy admiral. He was charged with threatening to use a biological weapon and with sending threats via post.

Although none of the letters reached their intended recipients, tests for ricin were positive. According to court documents, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was easily able to locate Allen as he put his return address on all of the letters.

Ricin is a highly deadly toxin produced from castor beans and is listed as a controlled substance under both the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention and the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention.

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