Suspect Behind CryptoPay Mail Bomb Face First Trial
A 42-year-old man who sent a mail bomb to Bitcoin seller Cryptopay, and threatening letters to Swedish politicians have faced his first trial on August 29 in Stockholm District Court.
Michael Salonen allegedly targeted CryptoPay with a Mail Bomb and sent Death Threat to MPs. He was arrested at Stockholm’s international airport after returning to Sweden from Thailand this May.
Salonen apparently felt unsatisfied with the company as the company could not accommodate his wish to change the password of his wallet. Instead of filing a complaint, the 42-year-old decided to send a mail bomb to the company.
The mail bomb was addressed to 2 of Cryptopay’s employees, George Basiladze and Dmitrii Guniashov, but delivered to an accounting firm that handled Cryptopay’s accountancy cloud and opened by the co-founder, Wesley Rashid instead.
Evidence from the suspects’ computer reveals that he had held an account with CryptoPay and also searched for instructions on how to build an explosive device. He is charged with the attempted murder of four individuals in relation to this offense.
Salonen also stands accused of sending threatening letters to members of government and other high-profile figures in his native Sweden.
Among those targeted include Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist, Social Affairs Minister Annika Strandhäll, Education Minister Gustav Fridolin, and Justice and Interior Minister Morgan Johansson. They each received letters at their home addresses. These contained the words, “you will soon be dead,” along with a suspicious powdered substance. After authorities tested said substance, it turned out to be harmless.
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