Teenager suspected of bomb hoaxes
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.