Myanmar - what's next?
As protests in Myanmar continue, here are a few possible scenarios for what may lie ahead.
A 4-week hangover
A man's non-stop headache had doctors stumped... until they found out he'd consumed 35 litres of beer.
Search News24
     World : News Get News24 on your mobile Terms & conditions 
Homepage
World
News
Iraqi Dossier
South Africa
Africa
Sport
Entertainment
Sci-Tech
Finance
Health
Galleries
 
Rugby World Cup
Zimbabwe
Aids Focus
Iraqi Dossier
More...
 
MyNews24
Columnists
Feedback
 
UK Lottery
Travel
Competitions
Sudoku
Horoscopes
TV Guides
Classifieds
Rugby predictions
 
Sudoku
Scrabble
Wacky Words
Word Cube
Creepy Crossword
 
Stidy
Urban Trash
Treknet
 
Newsletters
Weather
Cpt: 14-22°C
Dbn: 19-22°C
Jhb: 11-21°C
Weather Page
Traffic
Gauteng KwaZulu-Natal Eastern Cape Western Cape
All regions
Indicators
Rand/$ 6.8600
Rand/� 14.0600
Rand/€ 9.8300
Gold/oz $743.60
Gold Mining 2689.91
+0.00%
All-share index 29959.19
+0.00%
Lottery Numbers
UK Lottery:
1 9 10 11 16 49 37
UK Lottery
 
Afrikaans
English

Hoax crash SMS: Man freed
17/08/2005 18:41  - (SA)  

  • Crash: Child was still alive
  • Crash plane had past problems
  • Two trying to save jet ID'd
  • Doomed plane ran out of fuel
  • 'No thought' of shooting plane
  • Thessaloniki - A court convicted a 32-year-old man on Wednesday for falsely claiming he received a text message from a passenger on a Cypriot airliner shortly before the plane crashed killing everyone on board.

    But, Nektarios Voutas was freed after a judge suspended his six-month sentence for filing a false report to authorities.

    Voutas had called several private television stations after Sunday's crash of Helios Airways Flight ZU522 north of Athens, saying he had received the message from his cousin.

    He said the message on his cellphone read: "Cousin, everyone is unconscious. We are all frozen ... the pilot is dead ... I bid you farewell."

    Voutas was arrested on Monday after the man he named as his cousin - Nikos Petridis - did not match any name on the list of passengers on the Helios flight from Larnaca, Cyprus, to Athens and onto Prague, Czech Republic.

    Voutas says 'I am very sorry'

    He claimed he had accidentally erased the text message on his phone. Police also summoned him for questioning after Voutas gave differing versions of the text message in his various television interviews.

    Voutas said: "I am very sorry, very sorry."

    He later told the court: "I don't know what happened. Everything was a blur."

    Voutas was cleared on a second charge of dissemination of false information.

    Although accident investigators did not question Voutas, his claim had fuelled early speculation that the Cypriot plane's passengers and crew had frozen to death before the crash.

    Coroners later ruled out that theory.

  • News24 is now available on your cellphone.

    Click here to get News24 headlines on your Facebook profile.




  • About us | Advertise | Contact us | Job opportunities | Press Releases |
    Back to top
     Sponsored links
    Life Insurance
    Car Insurance
    Casinos
    Holiday Travel
    Play UK Lottery
    First for Women
    Your Homeloan
    Bid or Buy
    Cell Specials
    Medical Aid
    SA TV online
    Car Rental
    Poker
    Buy Mp3Players
    Vehicle Finance
    Best Car Deals
    Buy Laptops
    Compare Quotes