Swede who sent mail bomb to London-based Cryptopay, sentenced to six years in jail

09 Nov, 2018
by Joeri Cant
Swede who sent mail bomb to London-based Cryptopay, sentenced to six years in jail

According to the City A.M., a Swedish citizen, named Michael Salonen, who sent a mail bomb to London-based Cryptopay, was found guilty of attempted murder by the Swedish courts. 

Michael Salonen apparently felt unsatisfied with Cryptopay, as the company would not accommodate his wish to change the password of his wallet. Instead of filing a complaint, the 43-year-old decided to send a mail bomb to the company.

According to the Commander Clarke Jarrett, the head of the Metropolitan Police Service Counter Terrorism Command, the mail bomb was a live bomb.

'Salonen seemingly made and sent a device that had the capability to seriously harm and even kill over something as inconsequential as a change of password.'

'It was due to sheer luck that the recipient ripped opened the package in the middle rather than using the envelope flap which would have activated the device', he said.

Working closely together with Interpol, within a month the Metropolitan Police Service had identified Salonen as a suspect.

Police in Sweden said they had found bomb-making kits at Salonen’s home. Salonen, who has denied all charges, was arrested in May and will now serve a six-year jail sentence. In addition, Salonen was also found guilty of sending letters filled with a harmless white powder and death threats to 21 Swedish politicians and celebrities, adding six extra months to his sentence.

Cryptopay responded to the sentence with witty humor.

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