2 Australian men jailed for hoax bomb threats

June 24, 2010 10:03

MELBOURNE, Australia — Two Australian men were jailed Thursday for making hoax bomb threats to a hospital and an airline and pretending to belong to a terrorist organization.

Raymond Lawson, 35, and Joseph Bucek, 40, were given 12-month reduced prison sentences after pleading guilty to three counts of making fake bomb threats in 2009.Judge Frank Gucciardo called their actions "pathetic attempts at gaining some attention."

The two had claimed to have planted a bomb at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital, and on another occasion said there was a bomb on a Singapore Airlines flight, which was subsequently searched mid-flight. Bucek also claimed to be a commander of the fictitious Australian Liberation Army, the Victorian County Court was told.

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