Prosecutors in Kraków have charged former academic Brunon K. with terrorism after an attempted bomb attack on Poland’s parliament building last year. His last name is being withheld in accordance with Poland’s privacy laws.
Brunon K. planned to bomb Poland's parliament building while the prime minister and president were inside
Spokesman for the Prosecution Piotr Kosmaty told journalists that the case was handed over to the District Court in Kraków last Thursday.
Brunon K. is charged with terrorism against the constitutional authorities of the Republic of Poland, as well as illegal possession of firearms. A total of nine charges were brought against the former academic at the Agricultural University in Kraków.
“Just before he was taken into custody, Brunon K. gave instructions to buy up four metric tons of ammonium nitrate, fully conscious of the fact that it should be purchased just before use,” Mr Kosmaty said.
However, “the extent of the planning was negligible. There was no aggregation of explosive material,” countered Maciej Burda, Brunon K.’s attorney, claiming that “everything took place as part of the Internal Security Agency’s operations.”
The suspect confessed that he had prepared an attack on the Sejm, although refused to plead guilty for his actions. Brunon K. had claimed that he was motivated by someone else, but this line of defense was duly dismissed by prosecutors.
Charges were also brought against two other men – Artur K. and Maciej O. – for illegal possession and trade of weapons.
Brunon K. was taken into custody on November 9 last year. Investigators believed that the academic – who had been giving extra-curricular tutorials to students on explosives – was intent on detonating a four-ton bomb hidden in a vehicle near the Sejm during a budget debate which would have been attended by the prime minister and the president. He faces 15 years behind bars if found guilty.
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