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Flight bomb hoaxer jailed for 14 months

AN 18-year-old man who joked to extort 1 million yuan (US$156,787) by claiming he had planted a ticking bomb on a flight at the Pudong International Airport in April was sentenced to 14 months in prison today, a local court announced.

Prosecutors said the convict, surnamed Pu, called the airport hotline about 6pm on April 27, claiming he was an Al-Qaeda terrorist and threatened to detonate a bomb on flight CA406. The flight heading for Chengdu, capital of southwest Sichuan Province, was ready to take off by then.

Pu demanded the airport to transfer 1 million yuan into his bank account within two hours.

The court said the plane was delayed for nearly five hours as the airport evacuated all passengers and unloaded their luggage for security checks. No bomb was found.

Pu said a netizen gave him the hotline and urged him to call the airport via a voice chat software for fun. Pu was caught two days later in an internet cafe in Guangyuan City in Sichuan.

Residents are warned not to make crank calls or they will face jail up to five years for fabricating terrorism information, the court said.


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