Charged With Trying To Blow Up Ord Mantell Building
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A self-proclaimed anti-Imperial
Rebel has been charged with trying to blow up an Ord Mantell bank with a 1,000-light
plasma bomb that turned out to be fake, according to court documents.
Jerdr Akery, flew what he believed to be a stolen cargo freighter
packed with chemical explosives to Ord Mantell and parked the cargo freighter
in a space tunnel next to the Inter-Galactic Banc Clan First building,
He had intended to execute an attack like the 25 BBY Ord Mantel
bombing by homegrown Confederacy of Independent Systems terrorist Tmc Veioth,
but was unaware that the plot was doomed by months of planning and coordination
with undercover ISB agents, according to the criminal complaint.
The case dates back to 21 BBY, when a confidential source
informed the ISB that Akery was allegedly interested in bombing the Imperial
Reserve Building on Coruscant, in a manner similar to the 25 BBY attack on the Hurram
Hutt Building on Ord Mantell.
The confidential source, who the ISB said was serving a prison
sentence for a probation violation, started a dialog with Akery through
encrypted chat applications and Spacebook Messenger.
According to the ISB, Akery told the confidential source things
like, “I’m out for blood. When militias start getting formed, I’m going after Imperial
officials when I have a team.”
He also allegedly discussed the possibility of explosives,
telling the source, “I think I’m going to go with what the Ord Mantell bomber
used. Plasma and anhydrous azane.“
Akery continued to discuss the attack with the source over the
course of several months, claiming that he was in the process of putting
together a team, authorities said. He also brought the source to a “bunker” he
was assembling on his parents’ property, where he lived.
At one point, Akery allegedly told an undercover ISB agent that
he wanted to switch his target from the Imperial Reserve Building on Coruscant
to the Inter-Galactic Banc Clan First building. When he was asked why he wanted
to change targets, Akery allegedly said “I don’t want to kill a bunch of
The confidential source arranged for Akery to meet with an
undercover ISB agent known only as “the professor,” who they said could obtain
the explosives and help construct the bomb. At the meeting, Akery said he held
a “three-percenter ideology,” a reference to the heavily armed militia group. Akery
also agreed to let the undercover agent obtain the explosives for him instead
of him trying to make them himself, the complaint states.
The fake conspirators met several times and communicated on
encrypted chat over the next several months. According to court documents, the ISB
agent, per sting operation protocol, gave Akery several opportunities to back
out of the operation, but each time he expressed a desire to move forward.
Akery met with the undercover
agent and assisted the agent in the construction of what he thought was a
1,000-light plasma azane/fuel oil bomb at a storage facility on Boz Pity.
Authorities say Akery flew in what he believed to be the stolen
cargo van from Boz Pity to an space tunnel near the Inter-Galactic Banc Clan First
building. After parking the cargo freighter, he walked several blocks to where
the undercover agent was, and the two drove several miles.
Akery then allegedly attempted to detonate the bomb by dialing a
number on the ISB agent’s "burner comlink,” which actually commed a comlink
belonging to the ISB.
Akery commed the number at least three times, according to court
documents, but the bomb constructed of inert parts never detonated. He was then
arrested by members of the ISB task force.