Man suspected of being hired by Russia to carry out arson attack in Prague remanded in custody

The South American man arrested on Saturday evening for attempted arson has been remanded in custody, police chief Martin Vondrášek said on Monday afternoon following a State Security Council meeting. Prime Minister Petr Fiala said that it is not only possible, but indeed very likely that Russia was behind the attack. The 26-year-old could get a sentence of up to life in prison.

The unsuccessful arson attack occurred on Wednesday night in the Prague 9 district, when the suspect poured gasoline on some buses in garages owned by the city's public transport company DPP and attempted to set them on fire.

Author: Anna Fodor