19 January 2018, Friday, 22:27

Maladzechna resident charged over bomb threat

Investigation of the criminal case over a bomb threat in schools in the town of Maladzechna in September 2013 has been completed. The case was submitted to a prosecutor.

“The Minsk region department of the Investigation Committee has completed the investigation of the criminal case opened in connection with making a deliberately false report about bombs in the state educational establishments in Maladzechna last September,” Tatsiana Belanoh, a spokeswomen for the IC's department for the Minsk region, told Interfax-West.

A local resident was charged. The criminal case was submitted to a prosecutor, who will send it to a court, she says.

Belanoh recalled that 11 educational establishments in Maladzechna received letters on September 5, 2013, saying to transfer $10,000 to an electronic wallet, otherwise a bomb will explode and children will die.

“The necessary measures were taken and all services were mobilised to secure public safety. Students and teachers were evacuated. Special units of the Interior Ministry, emergency officers and investigators of the Minsk region department of the Investigation Committee arrived at the scene to look for suspicious items,” Belanoh said.

“No explosive devises or explosives were found at the scene. The correct and timely investigative and search operations allowed to detain the offender,” Belanoh noted.

“He was a man, who born in 1983 in the Maladzxechan district. To discredit and take revenge on his friend, he registered an email account and a digital wallet under his friend's name using WI-FI connection,” Belanoh said.

According to her, “the offender wrote 11 letters at home with the above-mentioned content, pointed the electronic wallet account and sent the letters to schools by mail.”

“His criminal actions caused damage of more than 119 million Belarusian rubles for interrupting the normal course of work of educational establishments and expenses for the work of special services involved in the operation,” Belanoh said.

“The collected evidence allowed to charge the man with violating part 2 of article 340 of the Criminal Code (deliberately false report about an explosion resulting in causing large-scale damage and other serious consequences) and part 2 of article 349 (unsanctioned access to computer information out of other personal interests),” she said.