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Poland Foils Bomb Plot On President And PM
A plot by a right-wing extremist to assassinate the Polish president, prime minister and MPs in a car bomb attack on the country's parliament has been foiled.
The main suspect, identified as a 45-year-old chemistry professor at Krakow's University of Agriculture in southern Poland, was arrested November 9, prosecutors said.
The suspect was allegedly plotting to detonate a car bomb with "four tons of explosives" during a parliamentary debate on the 2013 budget - likely in December - to be attended by President Bronislaw Komorowski and Prime Minister Donald Tusk.
His wife had tipped off security officials, Polish media reported.
Prosecutors released photographs of pistols and bags of ammunition which they said the suspect had bought in Poland and Belgium.
They also showed several vehicle licence plates, both Polish and German, which had been found among his belongings.
Mr Tusk described him as being "fascinated by Breivik", referring to mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, a far-right fanatic who massacred 77 people in a bombing and shooting frenzy in Norway in July last year.
"In Norway nobody had imagined they had a Breivik in their midst," he added.
In a statement, prosecutors said the suspect was "motivated by his negative view of the current socio-economic situation and felt radical measures were needed to change it".
Mariusz Krason, the lead prosecutor, told journalists the suspect believed that "foreign powers exercised power in Poland rather than real Poles".
The man has no links to political or terror groups but is believed to have been motivated by nationalist, xenophobic anti-Semitic beliefs and was found to be in possession of TNT, gunpowder and other explosives
The case is the first of its kind in ex-communist Poland, which joined Nato in 1999 and the European Union in 2004.
Three other suspects were detained along with the alleged mastermind, identified only as Brunon K in line with Poland's privacy laws.
He faces up to five years in prison if found guilty of organising an assassination attempt.