Nishal reunited with family

Nishal Sankat was re­unit­ed with his fam­i­ly here in Trinidad last night.

Sankat, 22, ar­rived in Trinidad at around 10.30 pm on board BW flight 481, which ar­rived at the Pi­ar­co In­ter­na­tion­al Air­port from the Fort Laud­erdale In­ter­na­tion­al air­port.

Sankat, who was ac­com­pa­nied by two FBI agents and his fa­ther Pro­fes­sor Clement Sankat, was re­leased in­to the cus­tody of lo­cal law en­force­ment of­fi­cers and ques­tioned briefly. He was then re­leased in­to the care of his fam­i­ly.

His fa­ther, for­mer prin­ci­pal of UWI St Au­gus­tine, de­clined com­ment on the mat­ter when con­tact­ed but said he would re­lease a state­ment to me­dia lat­er to­day.

Nishal Sankat was ar­rest­ed on Sep­tem­ber 21, af­ter he jumped a fence at the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tion­al Air­port and at­tempt­ed to en­ter the cock­pit of an Amer­i­can Air­lines Air­bus 321, which was parked in a main­te­nance hangar. He sub­se­quent­ly agreed to be de­port­ed as part of a plea deal which saw him plead guilty to the charge of bur­glary.

His fa­ther had said af­ter news of his ar­rest broke that his son had been very de­pressed. In fact, this was one of the is­sues the US le­gal au­thor­i­ties re­viewed dur­ing the process which al­lowed him to en­ter in­to a plea bar­gain deal which saw him avoid­ing jail time but los­ing his visa and be­ing put on a No-Fly list­ing.

- by Peter Christopher

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