Investigators in Rome have placed under house arrest a man who they say paid an attacker over the dark web to maim his ex-girlfriend.
The suspect is accused of offering 10,000 (8,700; $12,000) in Bitcoin in return for the attack, which would have paralysed the woman, police said.
He was traced by Italian authorities and the EU's crime agency and the woman was unharmed.
The would-be attacker has not been identified.
What is the man accused of?
“It looks like the plot of a contemporary thriller,“ Italy's Postal and Communication Police said in a statement.