'Casino Royale cash plot' behind Dortmund bus bomb, say police
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 22, 2017,
Apr 22, 2017, 18:54
Federal prosecutors said the suspect, identified only as Sergej W.in keeping with German privacy law, was arrested by a police tactical response team early Friday in or near the southwestern city of Tuebingen.
But letters found at the scene claiming responsibility were thought to be fake.
It is claimed that the suspect, a dual German-Russian national, bought 15,000 "put" options - contracts which would allow him to sell shares at a pre-arranged price - in Dortmund just hours before the attack.
The prosecutors said there were no indications that the suspect was aided by others.
Prosecutors said the suspect stayed in the hotel where the team were based, the l'Arrivee hotel, at the time of the attack, and had bought the options on a computer using the hotel's IP address.
Prosecutors said Friday that the man charged with planting explosives near the team bus borrowed tens of thousands of euros from a bank to bet on a fall in the club's shares after the attack.
"He is charged with attempted murder, setting off explosions and causing serious physical injury", the prosecutors said.
"A significant drop in the price could have been expected if, as a result of the attack, players had been seriously injured or even killed", prosecutors said. We would like to thank them for that massively and hope that with this suspect the responsible person for that disgusting attack on our team and staff has been found.
The letter was the third to have taken responsibility for the attack: notes at the scene claimed the explosion had been carried out "in the name of Allah", while a second message, from a left-wing radical group online, was deemed not credible.
Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said his players suffered from the mental trauma from the quickly re-scheduled match.
The bomb shattered several windows on the bus, wounding Bartra.
The blast shattered the bus windows, and Spanish global Marc Bartra, 26, was wounded, forcing him to undergo surgery for a broken wrist.
"It was only good fortune that nothing worse happened", Koehler said.
Two people were injured in the attack, including Spanish footballer Marc Bartra.
The attack against the Borussia Dortmund team bus, which was filled with some of the country's biggest sports stars, shortly after it left its hotel en route to the stadium only exacerbated that angst.
Bild said that employees of a nearby hotel, where the football team lived, tipped police about a guest who behaved oddly on the night of the attack.