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Swiss Man Convicted in Bombing

March 22, 1989

FOGGIA, Italy (AP) _ A criminal court convicted Swiss citizen Samuel Wampfler of terrorist sabotage on Tuesday and sentenced him to 10 years in prison for a 1987 bomb explosion at a military lighthouse.

Wampfler, 47, of Geneva, was found guilty of possession of an explosive device and sabotage of a military structure for terrorist purposes. He was acquitted of bringing the bomb into Italy.

Wampfler was accused of acting with a Swiss friend, Jean Louis Nater, in setting off the crude bomb on Nov. 7, 1987, on the Adriatic island of San Domino, part of the Tremiti Islands. Nater died in the blast, and the lighthouse was damaged.

Investigators never determined the motive.

Wampfler, who denied any role in the bombing, was also ordered to pay damages to the navy, which runs the lighthouse, and the local community.

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