Polish Immigrant Convicted Of NATO Bomb Threat Deported
CHICAGO (STMW) – A man convicted of making false terrorist threats during the NATO Summit in 2012 has been deported to Poland after serving his sentence, federal officials said.
Sebastian Senakiewicz, 25, was flown back to Warsaw, Poland, on Wednesday. Two Immigration Enforcement and Removal Operations officers were with him on the flight, according to a statement from ICE.
In May 2012, Chicago Police arrested Senakiewicz at his home for conspiring to build at least one Molotov cocktail to detonate at the NATO Summit. He allegedly claimed he would hide some of the explosives in a hollowed-out Harry Potter book.
Senakiewicz, a Polish native who was living in the United States illegally, later pleaded guilty to one felony count of falsely making a terrorist threat, and admitted he had no explosives, according to court records. No explosives were found a search of the home where he was staying on the Northwest Side.
He was initially sentenced to four years in prison, but appealed and had the sentenced reduced to 120 days in Cook County boot camp.
He was released on an unknown date but was not turned over to ICE despite an immigration detainer placed on him May 21 at the Cook County Jail, the ICE statement said. Federal officers located and arrested him July 17.
Senakiewicz described himself as a member of the Black Bloc anarchist group and said he was upset at the “lack of chaos” in Chicago, prosecutors said in court.
But Occupy Chicago released a statement after his arrest claiming Senakiewicz made “remarks about nonexistent bomb in non-existent Harry Potter book in alcohol-fueled remarks to undercover cops.”
The statement said he reached a deal with prosecutors to avoid the “hellhole” of the Cook County Jail.
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