On the 11th of April 2017, the tour bus of German football team Borussia Dortmund was attacked with roadside bombs in Dortmund, Germany.
Three bombs exploded as the team were on their way to the stadium for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against french side, Monaco.
The suspect, Sergei W, 28, told a court in Dortmund that he had not intended to kill anyone. According to Sergei, the attack which left defender, Marc Bartra, with a fractured wrist and a police officer with hearing loss was done to aid a gamble.
Prosecutors revealed that on the day of the attack, he invested €78,000 in the Dortmund share price dropping with a possible profit of up to €3.9 million if the share price were to plummet after a successful attack, but it only dropped by 5% after the attack and later recovered. The unusual transaction raised suspicion among bank employees, and they alerted authorities which led to his arrest
He has been charged with 28 counts of attempted murder, which he denies claiming that he had designed the explosives so that “that no harm to people could be expected”. But he told the court: “I deeply regret my behaviour”. He went on trial on 21 December.
Sergei faces a life sentence if found guilty of the charges.