A 52-year-old man who tried to derail the high-speed train route in Germany in March last year was sentenced to 9 years and 10 months in prison on Monday. He had screws on the road between Frankfurt and Cologne.
The judge finds the man guilty of attempted murder. Prosecutors demanded a 13-year prison term for sabotage. The defense sought acquittal.
More than four hundred trains passed through the spot near Niedernhausen where the bolts were loosened. Two train drivers discovered on March 20 that something was wrong, and the train traffic was temporarily halted.
Soon after, the suspect was arrested near Cologne, after claiming the act in a statement. The text has also been directed to Chancellor Angela Merkel. The man is said to be homeless and released from prison where he was blackmailed several months ago.
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