The Liverpool Echo uses CCTV camera footage to trace the 4350 mile journey of “disgruntled Rwandan businessman” Claude Rubagire as he travelled from Burundi to a factory in Liverpool in March, 2009. The businessman came armed with possibly the world’s most ingenious improvised (non) explosive device – the panty bomb.
For a year Rubagire had tried, and failed, to recoup $600,000 for a shipment of the rare mineral tantalite to “metal analysis firm Alfred H Knight International” based in the St. Helens district of Liverpool in the UK. It appears “Oxford educated” Rubagire, quite rightly, became miffed when the tantalite, assessed as 45% pure and valued at $600,000 by Alfred H Knight in Africa, turned out to be “0.1% pure and worthless” when it later arrived in Singapore.
Frustrated, Rugabire took the only logical step left open to him. He made a “bomb” out of knickers, socks and transistor radios, flew to Europe, held siege to Alfred H Knight International and threatened “carnage” for almost six hours,
Jailing Rubagire, Judge Bryn Holloway said: “You created a realistic explosive device meant to frighten anyone who saw it…
Realistic? Where does this judge buy his undies?
as a result of that looking for publicity for your cause… But at the end of the day this was a very serious offence… [he] added there “is a huge background to the case” and “there is no doubt that along” the line he was the victim of a “serious fraud”, though he did not point the finger of blame at any party. link
The Liverpool Echo reports that Rugabire was sentenced to four-and-a-half years for intent to explode his knickers “placing an article with intent”.
Photo taken from the Liverpool Echo.