Soldier Faces 15 Years in Prison for a Bomb Hoax

Soldier Faces 15 Years in Prison for a Bomb Hoax

( – Members of the Armed Forces are held to a higher standard than civilians. They have been trusted to put their country ahead of their own lives. A member of the British Army is now facing terror offenses in the United Kingdom.

At the end of January, 21-year-old Daniel Abed Khalife appeared in court to face charges over two incidents. According to The Guardian, in the first incident, which took place in August 2021, the suspect is accused of trying to elicit information about a person who “was or had been a member of His Majesty’s forces which was of a kind likely to be useful” to someone who was preparing to or committing an act of terrorism.

The second incident took place on January 2 of this year. Khalife allegedly placed three canisters with wires at the Royal Air Force (RAF) station in Stafford, Staffordshire, England. He is accused of placing the canisters there to scare people into thinking they were a bomb. The offenses are violations of section 58A of the Terrorism Act 2000 and section 51 of the Criminal Law Act 1977, respectively.

District Judge Annabel Pilling remanded Khalife to police custody. He is facing more than 15 years in prison if convicted. He could also face fines in relation to the bomb hoax charges.

The arrest is the second time in a year that British soldiers have been charged with crimes. In May 2022, five gunners from the Royal Artillery were arrested by the Royal Military Police for allegedly dealing cocaine on their military base.

The British military has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to using illegal substances. Members who are discovered with drugs or to have used narcotics are disciplined, and that could mean they are discharged from the military completely.

The investigation into the most recent case is ongoing. Khalife is set to appear at the Old Bailey this month.

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