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Football underwear explosives attacker jailed

The Local · 23 Mar 2012, 18:49

Published: 23 Mar 2012 18:49 GMT+01:00

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The 24-year-old Italian named only as Juri C., had smuggled the explosives into Osnabrück football ground in his underwear, the court heard.

He had become entangled with the violent football hooligan “Ultras” gang from Münster, who had helped to organise the attack.

Text messages and internet chat protocols showed their involvement – and the court heard that Juri C. Had been keen to make himself seem important to them.

His family in Naples sent him to live with an uncle in Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, after he had repeatedly got into trouble with the police.

The German Football Association (DFB) has welcomed the sentence, and the Osnabrück district court judge said that the attack had been planned carefully in advance and was driven by “rage.”

“This is a warning,” the DFB general secretary Helmut Sandrock said. “Football stadiums are not a place exempt from the law, and criminal acts will be punished.”

The 33 injured at the match between Preussen Münster and VfL Osnabrück on September 10, 2011 included 17 police officers.

As well as time behind bars, Juri C. will have to pay €50,000 in damages to victims of his attack, a police spokesman said.

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“Violence at football matches, especially of this dramatic measure, will not be tolerated,” said the regional head of the German police union GdP, Dietmar Schliff.

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Your comments about this article

22:58 March 23, 2012 by auniquecorn
¦quot;This is a warning,¦quot; the DFB general secretary Helmut Sandrock said.

I bet if he killed 33 people he would of gottin 6 years
06:53 March 24, 2012 by auslanderus
This man gets only 5 years for hurting 33 people, something is very wrong here. If he had killed all 33 would he have gotten a lesser sentence? When are people going to wake up here and say enough is enough. Plus he will get earlier with good time so he will not spend all 5 years in jail. Can you define a terrist for me?
08:47 March 24, 2012 by lucksi
"Text messages and internet chat protocols showed their involvement"

But we don't have the Vorratsdatenspeicherung. We have just been told that we can't investigate internet related stuff and without it and terrorists will run free in our country.

Odd, isn't it? I mean FEAR CITIZEN!
22:59 March 24, 2012 by HarryR
Is this a misprint?

5 years for premeditated planing, making, smuggling and using a bomb in a crowded space and injuring 33 people, including 5 children and 17 cops?

For what? Entertainment? To establish street cred and to intimidate by example? "Rage?"

This was an open and shut case of terrorism, not just yobbish violence.

He should get 20 years and then only let out on licence. This sends only bad signals to like-minded shits like him. Does anyone one know what German norms are for early release? In the UK I think it's automatic after a third of the sentence unless compelling reasons to delay.

This dick is a clear danger to the public and that isn't going to change after a couple of years smoking in a cell with gangster friends keeping a place warm for him in their gang.

And why the pixelated photo and cloaked name?

Does he have a right to privacy that trumps the right of his victims and the public to know who he is???
00:10 March 25, 2012 by johnny108
My (German) wife thinks I need to attend a soccer game. After this act, and this "slap on the wrist" punishment- I think I'm gonna give the stadium a miss...
05:05 March 25, 2012 by mizresa
Pity it didn't go off in his underwear.
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