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Bomb hoax perpetrator gets 10-month sentence

2012/06/19 19:26:20

Taipei, June 19 (CNA) The perpetrator of a bomb scare last year was sentenced to 10 months in prison, which was the heaviest sentence imposed in 2011 for such a crime, according to the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA).

It said perpetrators of eight bomb hoax cases were prosecuted in Taiwan last year, five of which have already been heard in court.

The most severe penalty imposed was a prison term of 10 months, while the biggest fine was NT$50,000 (US$1,674), the CAA said.

A false bomb scare illegally interferes with the operation of aircraft or aviation stations and endangers the safety of passengers, flight crews and ground staff, according to the Civil Aviation Act.

Under the law, perpetrators are liable to a maximum of three years in jail or a fine of up to NT$1 million.

The CAA said that although the sentences issued last year in such cases did not impose the maximum penalty, people should not take the crime lightly.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Lilian Wu)