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Swedish Man Jailed For Sending Death Threats To Ministers


A Swedish man, Michael Salonen, 43 who was arrested in Thailand in April last year, was sentenced Monday to eight years in jail for sending threatening letters to government ministers and for posting a booby-trapped package to a British company.

The Stockholm District Court on Friday sentenced Michael Salonen from western Sweden to a total of seven years in prison for attempted murder, unlawful threats and a minor drug offence.

Salonen, who has denied all charges, was convicted of sending a letter bomb to bitcoin company Cryptopay, with the court saying that although it never exploded there had been a high probability of a fatal outcome.

The Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) charged the man for violating Paragraph 99 of Norwegian criminal law, where threats against high-profile figures can carry a jail sentence of up to 15 years.
The man was remanded in custody following a ruling by Oslo district court on Tuesday afternoon.

The court decision, viewed by The Local, said that “such a systematic attack on such people must, in extension, be viewed as a threat towards the democratic system that the plaintiffs’ represent.”

The case has received a lot of attention in Sweden where politicians can often be seen going about their daily lives in public, sometimes without security, although this is becoming less common for senior figures.