By Chris King • 27 January 2023 • 22:07
Image of a letter bomb.
Credit: Policia Nacional
As revealed today, Friday, January 27, by Spain’s Ministry of the Interior, the search of a 74-year-old man’s home uncovered a bomb-making workshop. Pompeyo GP was arrested in the city of Miranda de Ebro last Wednesday 25, in connection with the letter bombs sent in Spain late last year.
The detainee is believed to have links to a radical Russian militant group. He was charged by judge Jose Luis Calama in Spain’s National Court with four crimes of terrorism, two of them aggravated. Another crime of using flammable or incendiary explosive devices for terrorist purposes was also brought against him, as reported by 20minutos.es.
Pompeyo GP is suspected of sending letter bombs in late November and early December 2022, to Pedro Sanchez, the President of the Government, the Defence Minister, Margarita Robles, the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid, the facilities of the Instalaza company, the US Embassy in Madrid and to the Torrejon Air Base satellite centre.
After appearing in front of the magistrate – before whom he refused to testify – the head of the Central Court of Instruction No4 issued the order of provisional detention without bail for risk of flight and criminal reiteration. A possible prison sentence of 20 years is hanging over the detainee.
A statement released today by the Ministry of the Interior gave a detailed account of the meticulous planning that had gone into building these explosive devices.
It also revealed the various items found inside the suspect’s property. ‘Inside the house, the investigators found a workshop with tools, welding, metal elements, and screws’.
According to the Ministry, Pompeyo GP was in the process of preparing more devices ‘aimed at the manufacture of new devices’. ‘This person was very active on social networks and according to National Police investigators, he has technical and computer expertise’, they explained.
‘Although it is presumed that the detainee made and sent the explosive devices alone, the police do not rule out the participation or influence of other people’, the statement continued.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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