Bomber found guilty

  • 2011-10-26
  • From wire reports

TALLINN - The Harju County Court issued on Monday a guilty verdict against a man who in the summer threatened to explode a bomb in Riga, following the example of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, reports Postimees Online. Three days after the mass murder by Anders Breivik in Norway on July 22 this year, Alar Amtus (49) called the emergency phone line 112 from his home near Tallinn and announced that exactly the same thing that happened in Norway will take place in three hours in Latvia’s capital Riga.

Amtus meant the bomb that Breivik planted and that killed 7 people in Oslo government quarters.
Since Amtus was identified and caught minutes later, the bomb threat did not cause a major evacuation of people in Riga.
He was indicted for serious violations of public order by threatening with an explosive device. The Harju County Court issued a conditional one-year prison sentence to Amtus, of which he had to spend in prison 3 months. Since he has been in prison since July 26, the three months is virtually up.

The wanna-be bomber, who has worked as a teacher, had been punished with a conditional prison sentence already earlier, for making a false bomb threat against the Ikla border checkpoint years ago.