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Sep 29, 2008

Cezch national expelled for visa violation after airport scare

Story PictureWhile Orrego walked free, a Czech national got his marching orders when he appeared in court today. Forty-three year old Tomas Kahan, who caused a bomb scare last Friday at the Philip Goldson International Airport, was ordered to leave Belize within a period of five to seven days for overstaying his visit to Belize. Kahan pleaded guilty to failing to comply with his visitor’s permit which allowed him to stay in the country from May seventeenth to the thirty-first, 2007 in the first instance. Kahan eventually applied and had his permit extended until September twenty-second, 2008 which means that he had overstayed his visa by four days. But last Friday when police detained him and another Czech national, forty-three year old Marek Bilik, they were both held for a suspicious looking device which Kahan had as he was leaving Belize. Airport officials found four coffee bottles with wires attached to them in his luggage which Kahan said he wanted to export to Spain as a device to be used in gas tanks for vehicles to provide fuel efficiency. Both Kahan and Bilik are still in police custody and no criminal charges have been placed on them.

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