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#IDIOTS: Pair cleared of bomb threats on PIA flight after judge brands them "IDIOTS NOT TERRORISTS"

Two British Pakistani men who threatened to blow up a Pakistan International Airlines flight to the UK have today been cleared after a judge ruled that the pair didn’t have a case to answer.

Tayyab Subhani, 30, and Mohammed Safdar, 42, were arrested on May 24 after a Boeing 777 heading from Lahore to Manchester was forcibly diverted.

The aircraft was escorted to Stansted Airport in Essex by Royal Air Force fighter jets after the duo allegedly threatened to kill crew and passengers after an argument with a flight stewardess.

Fellow passengers and crew of PIA flight PK709 however, admitted in court that no bomb threats were made and many of the passengers had been angry the flight was diverted for what they described as a “trivial” incident.

Passengers said Mr Safdar had “acted like an idiot” after the row with the stewardess but had not made any bomb threats.

Judge Charles Gratwicke described the case as 'tenuous and peppered with inconsistencies'.

He added: 'Under the circumstances no jury can properly convict these men.'

Nadeem Sufi, captain of the Pakistan International Airlines flight PK709, originally alerted the authorities to the scare.

But he later told the court that, as the severity of the diversion became apparent, he tried to reverse this decision by telling air traffic control the men were 'laughing and joking'.

The court heard that Pakistan International Airlines had released its own internal inquiry, which contradicted evidence given by its staff to police and in court, only when ordered to by the court.

Barristers for both men said they did not blame the police or Crown Prosecution Service for the case being brought to court.

Peter Rowlands said: 'In fairness to the prosecution, it is now common ground that had certain documents held by Pakistan International Airlines been made available from the outset, these two men would not have had to face trial.'

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