Slovak police charge man with terrorism over church bombing plans

| January 22, 2010

Slovakia’s police on January 21, for the first time in the country’s history, have charged a person with terrorism, Slovak Police Corps President Ján Packa announced at a press conference, the TASR newswire wrote.

The alleged terrorist is described as a three-times prosecuted 30-year-old man from Spišské Vlachy in Košice region and named only as Stanislav Č.

He is accused of manufacturing explosive components from readily available chemicals. Police say he was storing them in his garage in order to make bombs to attack churches.

The man has also been charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of narcotics. It was during an investigation of the man's drug criminality that police uncovered his apparent plan to bomb churches.

Packa told TASR that the suspect was planning to detonate the explosive remotely, having tested this procedure in the woods a couple of times already. The man was in police custody during an investigation into drug-related activities since October and a search of his house three months ago identified home-made explosives, the SITA newswire wrote.

During police interrogation three days ago, the suspect said he wanted to plant the explosives in a bag in a church and activate the device by remote control during a service, as, according to him, the church and religion are instruments used to control people. The man is a pharmaceutical faculty graduate and made the explosives from available chemical substances, Packa said. TASR, SITA

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