Friday 6 December, 2019

Frenchman charged over airport bomb hoax

(Image: File image of George F.L. Charles Airport in Vigie by BCF via WikiCommons)

(Image: File image of George F.L. Charles Airport in Vigie by BCF via WikiCommons)

A French national has been charged over a bomb hoax at George F.L. Charles Airport in Vigie on Saturday.

Police went to the airport around 08:30AM on Saturday to investigate allegations made by two French nationals related to a possible explosive.

Operations were suspended and police conducted a thorough search of the facility. No explosive device was found. The two French nationals were subsequently detained in police custody.

The man, Philippe Gaston Grandejean, has been charged with the offence of “Bombs, hoaxes, sending messages or articles to alarm or injure other persons” contrary to Section 362 of the Criminal Code of St Lucia, a police press release said.

He was granted bail and is scheduled to reappear before the First District Court later in the day.

His female companion was released from custody pending further investigations, the police statement said.

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