Suspect in called-in Tallinn Airport bomb threats to stand trial ({{commentsTotal}})

Vladislav Pälling. Source: (Facebook)

Anti-NATO activist Vladislav Pälling, accused of making bomb threats in the name of Islamic extremists against a flight between Estonia and Germany last July, will stand trial in Harju County Court on Tuesday.

Daily Postimees (link in Estonian) reported that it took Estonia's Internal Security Service (KaPo) over half a year to positively identify Pälling, 33, as the suspect behind bomb threats against an outbound flight called into Tallinn Airport and the KaPo at approximately 2 a.m. on July 25, 2016.

Pälling, a resident of Tallinn, was detained on Feb. 2 and thereafter confessed to his actions.

The Prosecutor General has declined to reveal the motives of the suspect, who with the permission of the courts was placed into custody for a period of up to two months.

The court has reached a plea deal with Pälling, who has been accused of aggravated breach of public order, an offense punishable by up to five years imprisonment.

Pälling has appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump to avoid the incitement of military conflict in Estonia by NATO.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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