Was there really a plot, or is this an attempt to tie up investigators in a wild goose chase? Or perhaps there is something else going on. From Reuters, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgian police are holding an Iranian who claimed to be involved in a plot to bomb a passenger plane in Belgium but have found no evidence to corroborate his story, the federal prosecutor’s office said on Thursday….
Pellens said the man alleged he had been involved in a plot to bomb a flight that evening from Charleroi to Dublin after he was denied boarding because his visa had expired.
“I must stress no explosives were found,” she said, adding that police had so far found no element to substantiate the existence of a plot….
The man, aged about 40, describes himself as a businessman. He was charged on September 28 with participating in terrorist activities and attempting to blow up an airplane.
The suspect told police he was approached by a man who had asked him to carry out an attack. Police are searching for the alleged mastermind.