Swede who sent pipe bombs in mail jailed
A SWEDISH man has been convicted of attempted murder for sending a letter bomb to a bitcoin company in London and sending threatening letters to MPS in Stockholm, including government members.
Stockholm District Court sentenced Michael Salonen, 43, to seven years in prison.
The court said he mailed a package containing two pipe bomb-like devices in August 2017 to Londonbased bitcoin company Cryptopay.
It was sent care of an accounting firm, where it was opened, but the device did not explode. Salonen’s DNA was found by British police on the bomb.
The court said Salonen was guilty of 20 counts of threats for including a white powder in letters to legislators sent in 2017.
Sweden’s security service, which was involved in the case because it concerned national government members, determined the powder was harmless.
Prime minister Stefan Lofven received a handwritten letter with the text “you will soon be dead” and some powder.
The letter was intercepted at the Foreign Ministry in Stockholm where letters to the prime minister are handled.