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Scottish separatist charged in Pitt bomb threats remains overseas

| Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 12:34 p.m.

A proclaimed Scottish separatist indicted for delivering online bomb threats against the University of Pittsburgh in the spring of 2012 has been released from an Irish prison but is not headed to the United States to answer charges any time soon, U.S. Attorney David Hickton announced on Tuesday.

A Pittsburgh federal grand jury in August 2012 indicted Adam Stuart Busby on charges that include international extortion, threatening a federal law enforcement officer and perpetrating hoaxes.

Busby was in prison on a European Union warrant on unrelated terrorist charges filed in Scotland. He is in a Dublin hostel on bail while awaiting a hearing before Ireland's Supreme Court on his appeal of his extradition to Scotland to answer the terror charges, Hickton said.

“We have taken all available legal action to extradite him to face charges in Western Pennsylvania after he faces pending charges in the (United Kingdom),” Hickton said.

Pitt received two sets of bomb threats in spring 2012 that forced frequent evacuations of campus buildings.

No one has been charged for the first set, which were written messages scrawled in campus bathrooms. Busby has been indicted for the second set, which were made by email.

Two men from Ohio were convicted and sentenced for emailing university officials extortion threats that claimed they would reveal the personal information of students and faculty unless the chancellor apologized for failing to protect students from the first two sets of threats.

Brian Bowling is a Trib Total Media staff writer. He can be reached at 412-325-4301 or bbowling@tribweb.com.

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