Teenager sus­pected of bomb hoaxes

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LEE HARPIN

JEWISH SCHOOLS in the UK were the tar­get of the Is­raeli-Amer­i­can teenager charged with mak­ing thou­sands of hoax bomb threats, court doc­u­ments con­firm.

Pa­pers filed in the US Dis­trict Court of Florida state that Michael Ron David Kader, 18, was in posses­sion of a USB drive that con­tained in­for­ma­tion on United King­dom in­sti­tu­tions along­side those in Canada, the US and Den­mark.

The court pa­pers, filed after an FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion, also con­firm that the fold­ers on the

USB were given names in­clud­ing “Bomb Threats to Jewish In­sti­tu­tions” along with ac­tual record­ings of the threats that were made to schools, air­lines, com­mu­nity cen­tres and po­lice.

Mr Kadar, who has dual cit­i­zen­ship and lives in Is­rael, was ar­rested by Is­raeli po­lice in March, and charged in Florida and Ge­or­gia with mak­ing threat­en­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions, mak­ing threats re­lated to ex­plo­sives and cy­ber­stalk­ing.

In Jan­uary the JC re­vealed how Jewish schools across the UK were put on alert re­ceiv­ing a se­ries of hoax bomb threats. The Metropoli­tan Po­lice con­firmed that they were alerted at 10.30am on Jan­uary 9 by phone calls made to schools in Roe­hamp­ton, Il­ford and Brent in Lon­don, in which it was claimed ex­plo­sive de­vices had been planted on the premises. Mark Gard­ner, di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust told the JC this week that they be­lieve Mr Kader was re­spon­si­ble for the threats to Jewish schools in the UK in Jan­uary.

Mr Gard­ner said: “CST is closely fol­low­ing the tran­scripts and re­port­ing of this trial. Our work­ing be­lief is that the ac­cused was re­spon­si­ble for the Jan­uary 2017 threats to UK schools, but this is not yet cer­tain.”

The court pa­pers, filed on April 21 in Or­lando, Florida, also con­firm that ref­er­ence to the threats in the UK was made be­tween Jan­uary and March this year.

The al­leged of­fences date back to Au­gust 2015 in con­nec­tion to other threats made against pri­mary schools and homes in Ge­or­gia.

Mr Kadaris said by his Amer­i­can­born mother to be autis­tic and to have a brain tu­mour, which she be­lieves could ex­plain his al­leged be­hav­iour.

She told NBC News she is “shocked and hor­ri­fied” at the al­le­ga­tions.

“He’s autis­tic. He can’t con­trol it. He can’t think straight” she said, claim­ing he was home-schooled after he was un­able to func­tion in school due to a brain tu­mour.


Michael Kader

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