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Asylum-seeker charged over 'bomb' threat on flight to Australia's Christmas Island: Reports

Published on Jan 14, 2014 10:37 AM

SYDNEY (AFP) - An asylum-seeker has been charged over an alleged incident on a flight to Australia's Christmas Island, the police said on Tuesday, with reports he claimed to have a bomb.

The incident came as a senator told Australian media that a "large number" of detainees on Christmas Island had launched a hunger strike, with some sewing their lips together in protest at the length of time they were being kept at an immigration centre there.

Australian Federal Police said Tuesday that a 27-year-old Lebanese man was charged under a section of the Crimes Act which relates to false threats or statements related to destroying, damaging or endangering an aircraft and those onboard.

The police "can confirm a referral was received on 9 January 2014 in relation to an alleged incident involving a Department of Immigration and Border Protection detainee on board a flight from Perth to Christmas Island", according to a statement.

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