Spanish police arrested a 74-year-old man last Wednesday at around 9:30 local time for sending six letters with pyrotechnic material addressed to President Pedro Sánchez, Defense Minister Margarita Robles, and the Ukrainian embassy.-i among other recipients- during the last months, November and December 2022.
The man is a retired former civil servant, who lives in the town of Miranda de Ebro, in the north of Spain, and on the border between the regions of Castilla y León and the Basque Country, who, according to the Police, was very active on social networks.
The monitoring of the envelopes and the stamps attached to them led the security forces to the custodian, leading to the raid until this Wednesday when he confirmed that the man was getting rid of material that could be use in the manufacture of the artefact, according to law. sources cited by the Spanish media ‘Eldiario.es’.
alleged crime of terrorism
As soon as the custodian’s house had been analyzed and after passing through a medical center to assess his health, the suspect was transferred to Madrid, where on Friday the 27th the head of the Central Teaching Court will be provided with a number 4 of it. The National Court of Spain.
Judge José Luis Calama said from the hearing that opened an investigation into an alleged terrorist crime. He may also have a crime against high state institutions and another crime for minor injuries caused to a worker in the Ukrainian embassy.
The Spanish police are considering the possibility that he is the only author of the events, a hypothesis that he handled soon, given that four of the six letters had the same type of written handwriting. Despite this, they do not rule out potential collaborators.
The arrest comes after the false guide published by the US newspaper ‘The New York Times’ last weekend, citing official European and US sources. That article informed the Russian intelligence services. However, the Spanish authorities only confirmed that the curator followed pro-Russian and pro-invasion YouTube accounts and had an inactive account on the Russian social network VK.
Only one of the cards exploded
All of the six letters sent by the curator were addressed to the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez; the Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles; the ambassadors of Ukraine and the United States, Sergi Pohoreltsev and Julissa Reynoso; as well as the director of the weapons company Instalaza in Zaragoza, the maker of the grenade launchers that Spain provided as aid to Ukraine; and the person in charge of the Satellite Center of the Torrejón de Ardoz air base, in Madrid.
Of all of them, only the one sent to the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid exploded, causing minor injuries to an agency worker. Members of the Spanish police exploded four of the other envelopes and the last one, the one sent to the air base, could be opened to retrieve the contents.
With EFE and the local media