Would-be Dresden station bomber gets 12 years

29th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

29 July 2005, DRESDEN - A court in Germany Friday sentenced a man to 12 years in prison for planting a bomb at Dresden's main railway station during a holiday weekend two years ago.

29 July 2005

DRESDEN - A court in Germany Friday sentenced a man to 12 years in prison for planting a bomb at Dresden's main railway station during a holiday weekend two years ago.

Ulrich Vogel, 64, whose homemade satchel bomb failed to go off, was convicted of terrorism and attempted murder.

Experts testified that hundreds of passengers could have been killed or maimed had the device exploded as planned on June 6, 2003, on a busy station platform.

Vogel confessed planting the bomb but rejected accusations that he intended to kill passengers at the crowded station.

Prosecutors told the court Vogel built the bomb to step up pressure against a local bank he was seeking to extort. Vogel demanded the bank rig a contest in a local newspaper so that he could win up to USD 150 million, investigators said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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