Slovakian flies to Dublin with 90 grams of explosive
'Unconventional security operation' goes seriously awry
A Slovakian electrician flew from Bratislava to Dublin with 90 grams of RDX plastic explosive in his luggage after an "unconventional security operation" went seriously awry, the Times reports.
The unnamed sparks was returning to Ireland, where's he's lived for four years, unaware that his baggage contained enough RDX "to blow up the plane mid-air". The plastic was one of "eight pieces of contraband... planted by the authorities in the baggage of innocent passengers to test the airport’s security procedures".
However, while seven items were detected, the RDX slipped the net and travelled to the Emerald Isle on Saturday.
Inexplicably, the Slovakian authorities didn't contact the Irish until three days after the man had landed, at which point the police "immediately raided the man’s flat in an apartment block in central Dublin, the area was sealed off and residents and businesses were evacuated".
He was arrested and charged under the anti-terrorist Offences Against the State Act, and only released when his government finally convinced the Irish that "his protestations of innocence were genuine".
Ireland’s Justice Minister, Dermot Ahern, expressed concern that Irish police were not informed for three days, while "questions were being asked last night about the legality of the Slovakian authorities’ actions in planting explosives on a citizen for the purpose of a security test", as the Times puts it. ®
As if we haven't got enough to worry about with yet more security theatre around pervie new body scanners.
Now the fuckers are PLANTING stuff on us...
Doesn't make sense..
So, the Slovakian authorities contacted the Irish to tell what happened, and the Irish police immediately arrest the poor sod.
Erm, something not right. Seems it took 2 calls at least - one to say he was carrying RDX, the second to say "sorry - we put it there without his knowledge". Enquiry will naturally follow, which I can't wait to read.
Keystone cops spring to mind. (Or, maybe because he was a sparky, and the Keystone branch of the Guarda read something in the Beano about foreign electricians being terrists). At least Mr. Ahern had the decency to apologise.
What about the ones they did find?
The other innocent passengers who had this stuff planted on them will now have their luggage contaminated with explosives.
The next time someone does a swab test on that luggage this may be detected. How is that person to prove their innocence, when they have no knowledge of the explosives having been planted and no way to find out?
I've had this test done at Eurostar - they opened a bag and wiped part of the inside with some sort of swab. If that had come up positive how could I have known about some half-wit security test weeks or months before?