Found an elderly Spaniard-terrorist, hunted “sending mail” to the embassy

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An elderly Spaniard-terrorist was found, who traded "sending mail" to embassies

74- the year-old Spaniard, who was detained for sending a series of “mail bombs”, including to the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid, tried to pressure Spain to withdraw its support for Ukraine, an investigating judge quoted by Reuters said on Friday.

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Pompeio González Pascual is under formal investigation on two possible aggravated terrorism charges and four terrorism charges, the judge said during the first trial.

The man was decided to be held pending formal charges and further hearings.

As it turned out, the Spanish pensioner used the Russian messaging application “VKontakte” and the Swiss encrypted email service Protonmail, which may indicate a risk of his escaping to Russia, the judge added.

His online history showed him reading Russian state media RT and Sputnik, as well as Spanish-language websites about weapons and chemistry.

Evidence now suggests that Gonzalez acted on his own, the judge said.

He noted that the actions of the suspect indicate his intention to disturb public peace and create the impression that the letters were sent by people associated with Russia in order to avenge Spain's and the United States' support for Ukraine.

“There are no signs that the person , under investigation, belongs to or cooperates with any terrorist gang or organized group,” the judge said in a statement.

According to the judge, among the items found during a police search of the Gonzalez home, there were various cylindrical rods that may correspond to the same type of cylinders that held the incendiary pistons in improvised explosive devices.

There were also screws and springs, and precision drills similar to those used to make explosives devices.

For the manufacture of devices, Gonzalez used Amazon, where he bought some materials, including potassium nitrate, a cable with a wick, switches, these threads and incandescent lamps.

Prepared by: Nina Petrovich

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