Friday 19 January 2018

Dortmund bus bomb suspect 'bet on team's value dropping after attack'

A cameraman films Dortmund team bus after the bombing. Photo: AP
A cameraman films Dortmund team bus after the bombing. Photo: AP
The damaged Borussia Dortmund bus Picture: AFP/Getty
Dortmund's Marcel Schmelzer, third from right, talks to police officers outside the team bus after it was damaged in an explosion before the Champions League quarterfinal soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco in Dortmund, western Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, file)
Police officers stand in front of Dortmund's damaged team bus (AP/Martin Meissner)
The team bus of German Bundesliga soccer club is escorted by police officers as it arrives at the Louis stadium before the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Monaco and Dortmund in Monaco
Dortmund's team bus was damaged after an explosion before the Champions League quarter-final match. (AP/Martin Meissner)
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German prosecutors are charging a man suspected of detonating three bombs targeting the Borussia Dortmund soccer team bus in April with 28 counts of attempted murder, the Dortmund prosecutor's office said on Tuesday.

The team was heading to the club's stadium for a Champions League match against AS Monaco on April 11 when the explosions went off, wounding Spanish defender Marc Bartra and delaying the match by a day.

The 28-year old suspect, a dual German and Russian national identified as Sergei V., had bought options on the day of the attack entitling him to sell shares in Borussia Dortmund at a pre-determined price.

He had hoped the attack would force down the club's share price, reaping him a profit on his investment.

The damaged Borussia Dortmund bus Picture: AFP/Getty
The damaged Borussia Dortmund bus Picture: AFP/Getty

The prosecutor's office said in its statement on Tuesday it was also charging him with inflicting grievous bodily harm and with causing an explosion.

It said it could not provide further details on the charges until the charge sheet had been delivered to the suspect and his defence lawyers.

Dortmund's Marcel Schmelzer, third from right, talks to police officers outside the team bus after it was damaged in an explosion before the Champions League quarterfinal soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco in Dortmund, western Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, file)
Dortmund's Marcel Schmelzer, third from right, talks to police officers outside the team bus after it was damaged in an explosion before the Champions League quarterfinal soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco in Dortmund, western Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, file)
Police officers stand in front of Dortmund's damaged team bus (AP/Martin Meissner)
Police officers stand in front of Dortmund's damaged team bus (AP/Martin Meissner)

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