Swede who sent pipe bombs in mail jailed

The Herald - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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