Mass-murder threats uttered by a Muslim aboard a Toronto-to-Istanbul flight led to serious charges against a Turkish national, the Europe News website reports today (August 28, 2013).
"You will hear 'bang bang' and everyone is going to die," a flight attendant was told on Air Transit Flight TS100. The pilot of the Airbus A330 with 316 passengers on board turned back 90 minutes out of Montreal's Trudeau Airport on August 25.
Dogan Akkaya, 25, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with committing a hoax regarding terrorist activity as well as assault, threats, and criminal harassment. The terror-related charge could land him a 10-year prison term.
Akkaya's bail hearing -- scheduled for yesterday -- was postponed after his lawyer requested a psychiatric evaluation. Quebec Court Judge Jean-Paul Braun agreed to the evaluation.