Borussia Dortmund bus bomber sentenced to 14 years in prison as he is convicted of 28 counts of attempted murder following attack in 2017
- Defendant, identified only as Sergej W, was sentenced by Dortmund state court
- Defender Marc Bartra and a police officer were injured during explosions
- Tuesday’s verdict ended 11-month trial featuring evidence from players and staff
A German court has convicted a man on 28 counts of attempted murder over last year’s attack on the Borussia Dortmund football team’s bus.
The DPA news agency reported the defendant, who has been identified only as Sergej W in line with German privacy rules, was sentenced to 14 years in prison by the Dortmund state court.
Dortmund defender Marc Bartra and a police officer were injured when three explosions hit the team’s bus as it left a hotel in the western German city for a Champions League game on 11 April, 2017.
A German court has convicted Sergej W with 28 counts of attempted murder over bombing
The bus’s windows were smashed by the bombs, which were set off on April 11, 2017
Prosecutors alleged that Sergej W took out a loan to place a bet that Borussia Dortmund’s shares would drop in value, then bombed the bus and tried to disguise the attack as Islamic terrorism.
Dortmund is the only German football club whose shares are listed on the stock exchange.
Tuesday’s verdict ended an 11-month trial that featured evidence from players and then-manager Thomas Tuchel.
The blasts shattered a window of the bus and hit Bartra with shrapnel, leaving the team without the Spanish defender for about a month after he had to undergo surgery on a broken bone in his wrist.
Prosecutors alleged Sergej W took out a loan to bet Dortmund’s shares would drop in value
The verdict fell short of prosecutors’ call for a life sentence.
However, defence lawyers had argued that Sergej W should be convicted only of setting off an explosion and given a much lower sentence.
In January, the defendant testified that he carried out the attack but did not intend to kill or hurt anyone.
The 29-year-old, a German citizen who came to the country from Russia at 13, told the court that he was trying to fake an attack and designed the explosives in such a way ‘that no harm to people could be expected’.
The suspect was arrested 10 days after the attack.
Then-Dortmund defender Marc Bartra had to have arm surgery due to the injuries suffered