Tribune de Genève.
According to Pierre Maudet, Geneva’s state councilor in charge of security, the cost of last week’s false alarm should not be borne by taxpayers.
Last Wednesday, a French resident falsely warned that someone was carrying a bomb in the French sector at Geneva airport. Her motive was to prevent her husband and his mistress from departing on holiday to Turkey.
In response to the call security staff sprang into action and Geneva police systematically checked all travelers as they entered the airport.
At the same time French police traced the hoax call to a residence in Haute Savoie. After entering the address, they found a woman who admitted to making the call.
In addition, to criminal proceedings, the author of the false alert will receive a bill. “There is no reason why Geneva’s taxpayers should pay for wrongful misconduct” said Pierre Maudet. The size of the bill still needs to be calculated but is likely to come to tens of thousands of francs. The state uses a figure of CHF 150 an hour for each police officer. The airport also incurred costs which will need to be included.
According to Tribune de Genève, the French courts have already sentenced the woman to 6 months in prison, 3 months of which have been suspended.