According to one BRIT teenager, he joked about: “I am a Taliban”Snapchat: He claimed that he was going up to blow up the plane on which he was traveling.
Aditya Verma (age 18), triggered a huge security response that included a fighter jet escort, anti-terrorist police and a fighter aircraft escort. This was in response to the reported hoax at the easyJet flight towards Menorca.
The prank was perpetrated while the teenager was traveling to the holiday spot with his friends.
Verma flew to the island with five friends to celebrate her graduation.
This autumn, the Cambridge University offered a place to India’s chess prodigy to study economic sciences.
He was a star pupil at St Olave’s Grammar school in Orpington, south London. He spent two nights in Menorca prison cells before being taken to court by armed police.
He appeared in court in the Menorcan capital Mahon on Tuesday morning wearing the same blue shorts and green shirt he was reportedly wearing on the easyJet flight.
Yesterday, he was released under bail of 10,000 euros, but he was banned from leaving Spain. Judge Belen Velazquez ordered him to sign on every fortnight at the court.
His mum flew from the UK to be there and he is believed to still be present on the island.
His mother spoke to local media outside of the court and said: “It was a joke.”
If the Spanish court decides that the alleged crime occurred in the UK under international aviation law, the Spanish court could hand him over to British authorities.
Sources in police claimed that Verma had posted to Snapchat on Wednesday “I’m going to blow this plane up, I’m a Taliban.”
According to reports, the teen told yesterday’s judge that he was often called “The Judge.” “Taliban”Because of his Asian heritage and dark skin, his friends were impressed by him.
If found guilty, he could face a fine of more than £100,000.
Because the case revolves around national security, the judge will hand it over to Spain’s National High Court Madrid.
Authorities raised the alarm when easyJet flight ZY8303 arrived at land shortly before 5 p.m. local time on Sunday.
The Spanish F-18 fighter jet was captured as it escorted the passenger aircraft to its landing. It was about half an hour later than planned.
Four hours was reported to have passed between angry passengers and the police who investigated the bomb scare.
Ryanair flights were delayed by the disruption, leaving London two and a quarter hours late.
It was a joke
Mum, Aditya Verma
As well as the estimated £86k cost for scrambling two F-18 fighter jets from a military base in Zaragoza, northern Spain, to escort the easyJet flight to Menorca after the alarm was raised, the teen also faces picking up the cost of the huge police operation if convicted.
As part of the response, bomb disposal experts were sent along with sniffer dogs. After the plane landed it was moved to an area that was away from the main terminal so it could be inspected and declared safe.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that Scotland Yard or French police picked up the bomb alert via Snapchat instant messaging and notified Spanish cops.
This claim has not been confirmed by the Spanish Civil Guard.
A Civil Guard spokesperson stated Monday that the Civil Guard had arrested an 18 year old British national who was allegedly responsible for a public order offense in Mahon, Menorca.
“On Sunday, the Menorca Airport control tower was alerted by a bomb threat from a plane traveling from London to Mahon. The plane was still in the air and was nearing the airport.
“The threat was said to have been sent on a social media platform.”