French man confesses plane 'bomb hoax'

27th January 2004, Comments 0 comments

NEW YORK, Jan 26 (AFP) - A French national who was charged and held in New York after he made bomb hoax claims during a flight is set to be released after paying a fine, a court here ruled Monday.

NEW YORK, Jan 26 (AFP) - A French national who was charged and held in New York after he made bomb hoax claims during a flight is set to be released after paying a fine, a court here ruled Monday.

Franck Moulet, 27, admitted to a New York district court judge that he had made a false statement in making the bomb claim. All other charges, which could have put him in prison for seven years, were dropped following his confession.

Instead, he was fined USD 690 (EUR 550).

"I believe that he's going to return to France as soon as possible," his lawyer Olivier Morice said.

Moulet, a student from Bouches-du-Rhone in southern France, was questioned by a steward on an American Airlines flight from Santo Domingo on January 10 on concerns that he had been locked in the restroom too long.

He emerged from the bathroom and is alleged to have said that a bomb he placed there had not gone off.

Moulet was arrested when the plane landed at New York's John F. Kennedy airport.

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