‘Isolated chemist’ who placed explosives by train tracks was convicted for arson
Friday, 21 June 2019
The suspect detained after explosives were found by the train tracks near Jette will be placed in detention for a month. Credit: Google Street View
The man suspected of having placed a small amount of explosives by the train tracks of a Brussels municipality had already been convicted for arson, the public prosecutor’s office confirmed Friday.
The 36-year-old man, who police described as an “isolated chemist,” had been convicted to seven years in prison for arson in 2016 by a court in Ghent, but an Antwerp court released him in 2018 “under certain conditions.”
“After his arrest [on Thursday], he admitted to having a bag of explosives in his possession. He said explosives were his hobby,” Willemien Baert of the public prosecutor’s office told Bruzz, adding that it was unclear why the man had left the explosives by the train tracks.