Aditya Verma, a British-Indian student, is currently on trial following a Snapchat message that triggered a high-alert response from UK security services. The incident occurred in July 2022 when Verma, then 18, was travelling to Menorca, Spain with friends. While at Gatwick Airport, Verma sent a message to his friends via Snapchat, humorously claiming to be a member of the Taliban with an intent to destroy the plane. “On my way to blow up the plane (I’m a member of the Taliban),” he wrote. This comment, intended as a jest within a private group, led to an immediate reaction from security services. During his court appearance in Madrid, Spain, Verma emphasised that the message was a joke shared in a private group setting. While he is not facing terrorism charges, Verma could be fined up to €22,500 (over ₹20 lakh). The Spanish defence ministry is also seeking €95,000 (over ₹83 lakh) in expenses for the response to the incident. A verdict from the Madrid court is expected soon. Russia Plane Crash: All Aboard Aircraft That Crashed Near Ukraine Were Killed, Says Governor.
British University Student Faces Trial Over Snapchat Joke
Aditya Verma, a British Student, on his way to Menorca, sent a msg on Snapchat "Going to blow up the place, I'm a member of Taliban"
Airport picked the msg, Spanish Fighter Jets surrounded the Plane - Aditya faces a fine of $125K & Jail pic.twitter.com/TCBYAizkV5
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