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Updated: 04/25/2013 01:00 | By Channel NewsAsia

Russian man accused of threatening to blow up plane claims trial in May

Russian man accused of threatening to blow up plane claims trial in May


Russian man accused of threatening to blow up plane claims trial in May

SINGAPORE - A Russian man accused of threatening to blow up a Singapore Airlines plane has claimed trial in May instead of June.

Vlada Vitaly, 26, was charged earlier this week with criminal intimidation.

The Russian tax consultant was flying from Moscow to Singapore on SQ61 on April 16 when he allegedly told an air steward that "you better get back to me, if not I will blast this aircraft".

Shortly after Vitaly was charged, he told the court through an interpreter that he had asked for water while on board.

Vitaly said he then turned to his friend and spoke in Russian, saying that he might vomit.

His defence lawyer, Edmond Pereira, has said that this was a misunderstanding, caused by a Russian word he had used.

His trial is now set for four days in May.

Previously, Vitaly wanted to apply for permission to leave Singapore but has decided not to do so.

Vitaly is out on an S$8,000 bail. - CNA/de

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