Polish man fined for Schiphol bomb threat
The court in Haarlem imposed a 400 euro fine on Pole Radoslaw S. on Tuesday. S. caused hours of havoc at Schiphol airport two months ago by claiming to have a bomb.
The Public Prosecutor demanded 100 hours of community service. But the court decided a fine was more fitting, according to Amsterdam broadcaster AT5.
S. was arrested on April 12th after he told the Koninklijke Marechaussee - a policing force that works as part of the military and is responsible for airport security in the Netherlands - that he was a terrorist. When the officers asked whether he had a bomb, he said yet.
This resulted in hundreds of stranded passengers as part of the airport was evacuated and closed down for hours. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was called in to search the suspects luggage and the area. Hours later it became clear that there was nothing to worry about and the airport was released.
The man was released from custody two days later.
The Polish man claims that he can't remember anything of what happened that evening, but that he is ashamed of what he did, according to AT5. "I do not understand how something like this could have happened because of me. I know how sensitive the situation is in Europe.