Russian student charged with manufacturing explosive substance in UK
LONDON, June 18 (RAPSI) – A magistrate court in London will hear the case of a Russian student, who was arrested under an investigation into the manufacture of a suspicious substance at Newcastle University, on June 23.
According to the Chronicle newspaper, Vladimir Aust, 18, was informed about the case at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
“Aust is accused of making an explosive substance between September 1 last year and June 11 this year. He is also accused of carrying two lock knives when he was arrested near the Russian embassy in Bayswater Road, central London, on June 10,” Chronicle writes.
The student, who was only required to confirm his name and address in court, did this via an interpreter. The defendant showed no emotion when a district judge told him that he would be remanded in custody until the June 23 hearing.
A second 18-year-old Russian student, who was also arrested last week in connection with the incident, remains on bail pending further inquiries.
The university was evacuated on June 10 after a bomb scare. Part of the campus was closed off on two separate days after a suspicious substance was found on June 10 and then again on June 12.
Explosives experts used a robot to carry out a controlled explosion on the suspicious and potentially dangerous substance they found at the university.