Jealous Dutch lover jailed for plane hijack threat

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To prevent his mistress from going on a holiday with her partner, a Dutch man called and claimed Al-Qaeda members were going to hijack the Transavia airline.

THE HAGUE – A jealous lover was jailed on Tuesday for threatening to hijack the plane his mistress was on to prevent her going on holiday with another partner, Dutch officials said.

The Dutch man was sentenced to one year in prison, with six months already served in detention, for making the hijack threat last year. The court also ordered the man to pay 30 passengers EUR 100 each.

"He wanted to keep his mistress on the ground" and prevent her from going on holidays with her partner to the western Turkish seaside resort of Bodrum, Rotterdam judge Catelijne van Breevoort told AFP.

The 38-year-old man was charged with abusing an emergency services number and calling in a threat.

On 26 August 2008, he claimed members of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network were about to hijack a plane, run by Transavia airline, leaving Rotterdam for Bodrum.

The airport authorities kept the plane on the runway for hours, while police searched for weapons and explosives. None was found and the plane eventually took off. The 117 passengers and six crew had to wait on board while the search was carried out.

Despite the sentence, he will soon be released because of the time he has already spent in custody.

[AFP / Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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