“Nun” convicted of sending hoax anthrax packages

A United Kingdom woman claiming to be a Roman Catholic nun was convicted on Wednesday of sending senior politicians threatening packages that contained white powder.

Sister Ruth Augustus allegedly sent six powder-filled envelopes to high profile officials, including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, human rights lawyer Baroness Kennedy, former Attorney General Baroness Scotland and Member of Parliament Edward Leigh, the Independent reports.

The letter to Clegg allegedly claimed that Clegg was a devil-worshipping freemason who had sex with many women and the sender took pity on his Catholic children and wife. The letter to Baroness Scotland included two crosses, a swastika and a plea to stop evil devil worshipping. The Baroness Kennedy letter said to stop worshiping evil devil freemasons, according to the Independent.

The contents of the packages were determined to be non-hazardous.

When Augustus was arrested in London, she denied the charges.

“I look like a terrorist, don’t I, working for a charity all over the world, with orphans?” Augustus said, according to the Independent.

The case was deferred until September while a medical report is prepared on the mental health state of Augustus. She was released on bail on the condition that she makes no contact to any members of parliament or senior government officials.

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