The attacker who bombed the Borussia Dortmund team bus, which injured Spanish international, Marc Bartra, and a police officer, had a shocking motive.
German prosecutors are now alleging that the man arrested on suspicion of perpetrating the crime had an unusual motive more befitting a James Bond film than a real life criminal court case, reports the Telegraph.
The man, who has dual Russian citizenship, is believed to have orchestrated the bomb for financial gain, in the hopes that the team’s share price would fall.
Named only Sergei W, the 28-year-old had bought options – which give the holder the right to sell a stock at a certain price at a certain time – on Borussia Dortmund stock before the attack, planning to profit as the share price fell in the wake of injuries to key players, prosecutors claim.
The prosecutor’s office said:
If the shares of Borussia Dortmund had fallen massively, the profit would have been several times the initial investment. A significant drop in the price would have been expected if players had been seriously injured or killed in the attack.
Sergei W has planted three explosives packed with long shards of shrapnel along the bus’ path, as it made it’s way from the L’Arrivee hotel for a Champions League match against AS Monaco on April 11.
When the bombs were detonated, via remote control, the Spanish defender, Marc Bartra, was wounded and the upcoming match was delayed by a day.
Thankfully, serious bloodshed was avoided due to an explosives error, rendering the accused spineless, callous, money-grabbing and incompetent.