Man sentenced for sending mail bomb, threats to Swedish lawmakers
A Swedish man was convicted of attempted murder yesterday for sending a letter bomb to a bitcoin company in London and threatening letters to lawmakers in Sweden, including government members. The Stockholm District Court sentenced Michael Salonen, 43, to seven years in prison. It wasn't immediately clear whether Salonen, whose DNA was found by British police on the bomb, would appeal the ruling.
Device sent to London-based bitcoin company however didn't explode
The court said Salonen mailed a package containing two pipe bomb-like devices last August to London-based bitcoin company Cryptopay, addressed to two employees. The device, when opened, however, didn't explode. Salonen was also found guilty of 20 counts of threats for including a white powder in letters sent to lawmakers in 2017. The letter was intercepted on August 30, 2017, at Stockholm's Foreign Ministry.
You will soon be dead, read Salonen's letter to PM
The handwritten letter, also sent to Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, had the text "You will soon be dead," and some powder, which was harmless, said Sweden's security service. Salonen, arrested in May at Stockholm's international airport upon arrival from Thailand, had been detained, pending extradition.