Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Oh those Ukrainians are funny when Drunk!

8 Drunk Ukrainians Detained for Bomb Hoax in Moscow Airport
Created: 27.07.2006 13:40 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 13:40 MSK

Eight Ukrainian tourists have been taken off a flight from Moscow to Vladivostok after one of them told the police he had a bomb in his luggage. Russian authorities threatened to charge the Ukrainians with terrorism.

The incident happened on board a plane which was to fly from Moscow to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy. They never reached their destination, one of the Ukrainian tourists told Interfax. The aircraft returned to the airport three hours after the take-off for technical reasons, the passengers had been told. Before the flight was to take off again, two Ukrainians were taken off the plane for being drunk.

The two people who were initially taken off the flight were traveling in a group of eight tourists. Police said one of the Ukrainians, who was also drunk, approached an officer and said he had a bomb in his luggage. The aircraft had to be searched and the flight was delayed. Some 200 people could not fly to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy.

All eight Ukrainians were detained and accused of terrorism as the flight was cancelled. Reportedly, the detained included a member of the Kiev regional council.

The detained passengers were taken to the airport’s police station and questioned there. They were not allowed to contact the Ukrainian embassy or Foreign Ministry. Later, five of them were released and three remained in custody as Russian authorities started a criminal case under the article “deliberately false report about a prepared terrorist attack,” a crime that can be punished by a prison term up to three years.


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