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Wednesday
Aug012012

Needle Found in Sandwich on Air Canada Flight

Norm Betts/Bloomberg News (file photo)(TORONTO) -- An Air Canada passenger found what appears to be a sewing needle inside a pre-prepared sandwich while on a flight Monday from Victoria, British Columbia, to Toronto, officials said.

A full investigation is now underway, according to the airline.  Air Canada has contacted the caterers who prepare the meals, but has refused to release the name of the company.

The airline is cooperating with police investigating the matter, Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.  Safety is a top priority, he said, adding that Air Canada is working with the food company to ensure that heightened security measures are put in place.

The incident comes less than two weeks after two passengers suffered minor injuries from needles found in the meat of sandwiches served aboard four Delta Air Lines flights from Amsterdam to the United States.

It is not clear if there is any connection between the incidents.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Sep162011

Poison-Needle Assassination Plot Busted in South Korea

Siri Stafford/Photodisc/Thinkstock(SEOUL, South Korea) -- South Korean officials have arrested a North Korean defector in an alleged poison-needle plot targeting a high-profile anti-Pyongyang activist.

The suspect, only identified by the police as Ahn, is said to be a former commando in his 40s who defected to South Korea in the late 1990s.  The target was activist Park Sang-hak.  A North Korean defector himself, Park leads a group called Fighters for Free North Korea that routinely flies balloons over the two countries’ border with leaflets criticizing the Pyongyang government.

Ahn was reportedly trying to arrange a face-to-face meeting with Park earlier this month, but South Korean authorities told Park not to proceed fearing an assassination attempt.  Ahn was picked up by police shortly after allegedly carrying poison-tipped needles.  The authorities told Park that the suspected assassin had planned to either poison his drink or jab him with the needles.

Investigators and intelligence officials have not officially commented on the case and have avoided linking this plot directly to North Korea.

The North and South Koreas are still technically at war and Pyongyang has been known to deploy infiltrators and agents to kill targets in the South.  Just last year, a South Korean court jailed two North Koreans posing as defectors.  They confessed that they were on a secret mission to assassinate Hwang Jang-yop, the most senior official ever to defect from North Korea.  North Korea denied any existence to such a plot.

In this latest case, if Ahn is charged under South Korea’s National Security Law, he could face the death penalty.

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