TAIPEI - A Taiwan court Wednesday jailed two men for a bizarre plot in which they planted suitcases containing petrol and cyanide on a train and in a politician’s office hoping to profit from the investor panic they thought would ensue. The mastermind of the high-profile case, identified only by his family name Hu, was sentenced to 22 years on charges of attempted murder, the New Taipei City District Court said in a statement. Hu, 45, a lawyer who was familiar with stock and futures trading, had planned to stir investor panic with the scare and make a profit from the events, it said.

His accomplice, 47-year-old Chu who was found to have helped Hu in planting the bombs, was jailed for 12 years, it said.

“As a lawyer, instead of walking on the right path, Hu used his knowledge to produce highly risky explosive and poisonous gas devices and plant them on a high-speed train and in a busy street, which could endanger the lives of many people,” it said.