Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marc Bartra will appear as witnesses in the trial against the man accused of carrying out a bomb attack on Borussia Dortmund’s team bus last year, a court spokesperson has confirmed.
The defendant, known only as Sergej W, is charged with 28 counts of attempted murder after three devices exploded as Dortmund’s team bus was en route to the Westfalenstadion for their Champions League match against Monaco in April.
In early January the 28-year-old admitted causing an explosion in order to profit from a significant drop in the Bundesliga club’s shares. But with the trial still ongoing, it has yet to be determined whether the defendant can be found guilty of attempted murder.Sergej W has denied those claims, and claimed the three bombs causing the explosion “were constructed to not cause bodily harm.”
When the trial goes into its fourth day at Dortmund’s district court on Monday, Jan. 29, Bartra and Aubameyang will appear as witnesses.
“The jury court plans to hear one professional injured in the attack on the BVB bus, and another BVB professional on Monday, 29,” the court announced in a press release.
Spain international Bartra was the only BVB player injured in the attack as he sustained a broken bone in his wrist. Recent reports have linked him with a winter transfer away from Dortmund.
The other player will be Arsenal target Aubameyang, with the club’s lawyers Alfons Becker joking during Monday’s court date that “he’ll be gone by then.”
Aubameyang, 28, has been targeted by Arsenal as a possible replacement for Alexis Sanchez, and Arsene Wenger has confirmed talks between Borussia Dortmund and the London club.