Cesar Sayoc: details of pipe bomb suspect’s past emerge before court date


The suspect in the sending of pipe bombs to two former presidents, several prominent Democratic politicians and other critics of Donald Trump is set for a first appearance in a Florida federal courtroom on Monday, as investigators continue to build a detailed picture of his troubled past.

Cesar Sayoc, a fanatical Trump supporter with a lengthy list of convictions including a previous bomb threat, faces up to 48 years in prison on five charges relating to the mailing of 13 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to the various targets, among them Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, the last two Democrats to occupy the White House.

A 14th package, addressed to the billionaire liberal donor Tom Steyer, was discovered in California on Friday. It was not included in the charges. None of the devices, which were sent to senators, members of Congress, former government officials and Democratic benefactors, went off and nobody was injured.

Sayoc’s arrest by FBI agents on Friday at an auto parts store in Plantation, Florida, was the culmination of a week-long game of cat and mouse with a suspect some dubbed the “MAGAbomber”, in reference to Trump’s Make America Great Again campaign slogan and because the intended victims had all criticised and been verbally attacked by the president.

 

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Source: The Guardian