Pittsburgh threats suspect out of Irish prison
PITTSBURGH – A Scottish man indicted on charges of emailing 17 bomb threats to the University of Pittsburgh has been released from an Irish prison and will face prosecution in the United Kingdom before seeing a U.S. courtroom, a federal prosecutor announced Tuesday.
Adam Stuart Busby, 66, was released to an Irish hospital March 21 after he was granted bail on the condition he not have access to the Internet, said David Hickton, the U.S. attorney in Pittsburgh.
Busby claims to have founded the Scottish National Liberation Army, an outlawed militant group that seeks Scottish independence from the United Kingdom.
He’s waiting for Ireland’s Supreme Court to hear his appeal of an order extraditing him to Scotland, where he faces charges of threatening to poison water supplies and then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2010, as well as emailing bomb threats to the media and various hotels. A prolific hoaxer, Busby was convicted in 2010 by an Irish court of sending emails claiming flights from London to New York City had explosives on board.
Hickton contends Busby emailed more than 40 threats targeting the university in April 2012, some directly to the school and others to journalists. Hickton’s office charged Busby with a sampling of 17 threats that investigators traced to overseas computers.
Some threats claimed to be sent by a group calling itself The Threateners – now identified by investigators as Busby – who expressed anger the university issued a $50,000 reward for information on earlier bomb threats found scrawled on campus, which the emails suggested were harmless pranks.
Busby, as The Threateners, allegedly emailed the student newspaper, The Pitt News, promising to stop if the university withdrew the reward, authorities said.
The university complied, and Busby’s alleged threats stopped, although school officials didn’t explain until after Busby was charged why the reward was being withdrawn. The threats prompted buildings – including dormitories – to be evacuated and classes to be canceled on several occasions.
Hickton said he’s working to ensure Busby is brought to Pennsylvania after he’s prosecuted in the United Kingdom.
“We’re resolved and committed to bring him to justice here whenever we can,” Hickton said.