German prosecutors on Tuesday revealed they are seeking 28 counts of attempted murder against Sergej W, who is accused of the April 11 bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus on its way to a UEFA Champions League home match against Monaco.
Spain and Dortmund’s defender Marc Bartra got injured during the attack and needed surgery on his fractured wrist.
The match, which was postponed due to the attack was played less than 24 hours later. The shell-shocked Dortmund team lost 3-2 in the first leg and eventually lost 6-4 on aggregate to end their Semi-finals appearance dream.
Ten days after the bomb attack, a German-Russian, who has only been identified as Sergej W., was arrested after it emerged he was motivated by the hope of making huge amounts of money on the stock market in the wake of the attack.
The suspect had taken out options on thousands of Borussia’s listed shares in advance and planned to sell them at a pre-determined level after the attack when he bet that share prices would plunge, Yahoo! News reports.
Due to the German legal system, the regional court in Dortmund must now decide whether the defendant can be tried on all 28 counts of attempted murder.
The case is unlikely to go to trial before the start of 2018.