KOTA KINABALU: A Pakistani trader claimed trial in a Magistrate’s court to a charge of threatening to hijack an aircraft at the international airport here on Sept 16.
Salman Khan, 62, was charged with criminal intimidation under Section 506 of the Penal Code for allegedly uttering the words ” I’m hijacking your airplane ” to a Royal Brunei Airlines employee.
The charge carries a jail term of up to two years and a fine upon conviction.
The court ordered Salman to be detained until Sept 25 to enable his lawyer Samson Ku to get a verification letter from the Pakistan Embassy about his passport.
Prosecuting Officer Insp Azaman Hamat told the court that Salman had said the words when asked to produce a passport just before boarding an aircraft for a flight to Bandar Seri Bergawan at about 8.50am on that day.
Salman was allowed to board the aircraft but an airline staff alerted the captain about the incident who ordered Salman to be removed from the plane.
Magistrate Stephanie Sherron Abbie was also told that Salman was a permanent resident of Sabah and his stay was sponsored by his local wife and they have three children.