Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Accused mail bomber to remain in jail after brief court appearance

Accused mail bomber to remain in jail after brief court appearance

Federal prosecutors chose to charge Sayoc, a resident of of Aventura, Fla., in New York City in part because evidence that linked him to several of the packages was discovered there.

"Our political leaders, like our President Donald Trump, need to recognize that there are many sick people in this country who take their rhetoric and words of "War with the Media" and "War with the Democrats" to heart", Madeline Sayoc wrote.

Sayoc last week waived a similar hearing in Miami near where he was captured on October 26.

He was arrested last month and charged with interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and certain other persons, threatening interstate communications and assaulting current and former federal officers.

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Cesar Sayoc agreed last week to be transferred to face charges in NY state.

Prosecutors in NY plan to argue Tuesday that Sayoc should continue to be held without bail pending trial, due to being a flight risk and posing a danger to the public.

His lawyers decided not to seek his release on bail after prosecutors released a letter outlining more evidence against him, including DNA linking him to 10 of the explosive devices and fingerprints on two of them.

None of the devices exploded and no one was injured when the packages were intercepted en route to their targets, but the authorities at the time did not hesitate to label the episodes a campaign of terrorism.

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The first bomb discovered was sent to billionaire investor George Soros at his home in New York's Westchester County, and some of the other high-profile targets also live in NY state, including former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Sen.

Sayoc is due to return to a federal court on Monday for a preliminary hearing. "While I have not lived with my son for 35 years or even heard from him in over four years, I can not express how deeply hurt, sad, shocked and confused I am to hear that my son may have caused so many people to be put in fear for their safety", Madeline Sayoc wrote, according to excerpts ABC published on Sunday.

"While I have not lived with my son for 35 years or even heard from him in over four years, I can not express how deeply hurt, sad, shocked and confused I am to hear that my son may have caused so many people to be put in fear for their safety", Madeline Sayoc wrote in the letter, according to ABC News.

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