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