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Bomb threat was all business

A MAN who lied to police that bombs had been installed in a food fair has been sentenced to two years in prison for inventing false terroristic information, a court said yesterday.

The man called in the false alarm to keep business competitors from attending the fair.

Sha Mingu, a 41-year-old seller of roasted seeds and nuts, attended a number of food fairs around the city each year as a way to make business friends and receive orders.

Sha received invitations from two food fairs at the same time this January. Because he didn't have enough employees, he had to give up a fair held in a stadium in Fengxian District.

But Sha regretted the loss of orders and decided to spoil the stadium fair so that his competitors wouldn't get more business opportunities than he, Fengxian District People's Court heard.

Sha called police with a new mobile phone number on January 17, claiming somebody had installed bombs in the stadium over business disputes.

More than 100 policemen went out immediately to search for the bombs. The fair was suspended and all the people in the stadium were evacuated.

Sha was caught the next morning.

The court said Sha's fake report had caused economic loss to the fair and seriously disrupted the social order.


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