The man who had tried to set fire to the altar of the Timisoara Metropolitan Cathedral on Sunday was placed under preventive arrest, Mediafax reports. If found guilty, the 28-year-old man risks a prison sentence of up to 15 years. The young man came, on Sunday, into the Metropolitan Cathedral, holding a flask of inflammable liquid, which he threw towards the entrance to the altar, setting it ablaze. The incident occurred after the service, when there were only a handful of people left in the church. These intervened right away and put out the fire. Before the investigators, the man stated he had performed this gesture in the name of “the children who died on the steps of the Cathedral during the 1989 revolution”. The man, a former member of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), was employed at the Timisoara City Hall until June 2010, when he was sanctioned for posting nude photos of him on a website, and was then employed by the Community Police.