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Cabdriver arrested for bogus anthrax letters

An Athens taxi driver has been arrested for allegedly sending a series of bogus anthrax letters as part of a hate mail campaign on embassies, ministries and civil servants, police said on Saturday. Evripidis Katsifaris, 52, a Cypriot national, was charged with spreading false information, threatening and abusive behavior and disturbing citizens’ peace of mind. He was arrested after allegedly sending a Supreme Court prosecutor a typed letter, with a manuscript addition on the back, containing threats, abusive language and some white powder that turned out to be flour. The precise nature of the threats was not made public. Police said Katsifaris has confessed to sending similar missives to several embassies – police did not specify which – ministries and other departments of the civil service, many of which are thought to still be in the post.