Suspected DHL blackmailer dies aged 36

Dhe suspected extortionist of the parcel service DHL is dead. The 36-year-old died on April 9, confirmed the spokesman for the Potsdam public prosecutor, Sebastian Thiele, on Wednesday on request. The “Bild” newspaper reported about it first. According to the charges filed by the public prosecutor’s office in September last year, the man is said to have sent three parcel bombs with threatening letters and in five other cases blackmail letters between September 2017 and January 2018 in Brandenburg and Berlin.

The man had turned himself in to the public prosecutor’s office at the end of May last year. The arrest warrant issued as a result was suspended under strict conditions to which the accused adhered, reported Thiele. The death investigation is now being conducted by the Berlin public prosecutor.

On December 1, 2017, a package bomb containing an explosive device, nails and a letter was discovered in a pharmacy on the edge of the Potsdam Christmas market. In it, a million sum in bitcoins was demanded from DHL. Nobody got hurt.

At the beginning of November 2017, an explosive shipment arrived at the Frankfurt (Oder) post office. And in January 2018, a letter with an explosive and incendiary device turned up in a Commerzbank in Berlin-Steglitz. According to the public prosecutor’s office, it was a dummy.

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