The Knucklehead of the Day award Part Four
Our fourth winner today is Nanda Sudhir Kumar. He gets the award for the following.
SINGAPORE - A Canadian man accused of making hoax calls to police claiming there was a terrorist onboard an Air India flight was sentenced to three years and eight months in prison by a Singapore court Monday.A pretty self explanatory award. Nanda Sudhir Kumar is our fourth Knucklehead of the Day.
Nanda Sudhir Kumar, 53, was convicted of three counts of "communicating false threats of terrorism acts," an offense under a set of laws the city-state adopted after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in the United States.
Court documents show Kumar made three calls from public phones to the police on Nov. 6, alleging that a terrorist was onboard an Air India flight from Singapore to New Delhi and would crash the plane that day.
The flight was subsequently delayed for more than three hours for the plane to be offloaded and bomb-swept, the documents showed. Kumar was arrested a week later and charged in January. He denied the charges.
District Judge Victor Yeo said Kumar's false threat caused a "tremendous waste of precious resources and massive inconvenience," and created unnecessary public anxiety.
Kumar, who is out on bail, has appealed his sentence, lawyer Subhas Anandan told The Associated Press. Kumar could have been fined up to $65,000 and jailed five years.
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