Fake Neo-Nazi Threatened To Blow Up NHS Hospital If They Didn’t Give Him £10,000,000 In Bitcoin
28 Feb 2021
A man posing as a neo-Nazi threatened to blow up a NHS hospital if he wasn’t paid £10,000,000 in Bitcoin.
Emil Apreda, 33, who was jailed for 3 years didn’t stop there reportedly making threats against unnamed MPs and Black Lives Matter protesters in 18 emails sent during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic last year.
Originally from Italy Preda pretended to beaas a member of the neo-Nazi group Combat 18. For 6 weeks he managed to hide his identity using dark web encryption.
German armed police raided Apreda’s flat in Berlin on June 15, the day before his final deadline for carrying out his purported attack.
Investigators believe Apreda, who had not identified any specific targets, had no links to the far-right or access to explosives, but had used the terrorist ideology as a front to demand payment in cryptocurrency.
He was found guilty of attempted extortion against the NHS at the District Criminal Court in Berlin, following a trial which began in December last year, the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) said.