Man who planted homemade 'bomb' in city gardens to appeal sentence

Nikolaos Karvounakis was jailed in February for leaving the device in Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens.

Nikolaos Karvounakis who planted homemade ‘bomb’ in Princes Street Gardens to appeal sentence Police Scotland

A self-proclaimed eco-terrorist who planted a homemade “bomb” in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens is to appeal his jail-term.

Nikolaos Karvounakis was locked up for eight years and four months in February for leaving the device, which contained explosives and 58 nails.

The 35-year-old ex-Greek serviceman claimed to be part of a Mexican-based group called International Terrorist Mafia.

The device was found on January 11 2018. It did not detonate, but prosecutors said it had the potential to cause “significant injury and damage”.

Karvounakis was jailed having pled guilty at a hearing in Edinburgh to possessing items for a terrorist purpose.

The court of appeal in the capital on Wednesday confirmed lawyers for Karvounakis have lodged a “note of appeal” against the sentence.

It is thought to relate to the discount he received for his guilty plea.

No date has been set for any future hearing.

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