Indonesian police today announced that they had arrested a 21-year-old male student, Ilham, from a private university in Banten after he was traced for sending a bomb threat to Singapore Airlines (SIA).

Ilham was arrested yesterday at his home in the Baleria housing complex in Tangerang, Banten. This comes less than a week after he sent the bomb threat to SIA on 1st July.

“Because of the terror, there were three flights (from Singapore’s Changi International Airport), delayed for a while,” said Brigadier General Victor Edison Simanjuntak, chief of Jakarta Police’s economic crime unit.

Singaporean authorities assisted in tracking the source of the email and contacted the Indonesian police force.

The information technology and cybercrime unit of the National Police conducted an investigation that led to Ilham’s arrest.

“We are still investigating his motives,” Brig Gen Victor said.

The police intend to charge Ilham with article 335 of the criminal code and article 45 of the 2008 Law on Information and Electronic Transactions. The student faces a maximum ten years’ imprisonment.

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