Man jailed over bit­coin let­ter bomb

Irish Examiner - - World News -

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 leg­is­la­tors 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 Lon­don-based bit­coin com­pany Cryp­to­pay, ad­dressed to two em­ploy­ees.

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.

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