Gardaí confiscate Ukrainian author’s passport after she allegedly “climbed” the flight

A Ukrainian author who allegedly “shadowed” passengers to board a flight at Dublin Airport without a boarding pass has been released on bail again after missing a court hearing.

Arina Hrabar failed to appear for her scheduled appearance before Dublin District Court on 1 June.

Three months after a judge issued an arrest warrant, Gardai located her and brought her back to court, which allowed her to remain on bail and ordered her to appear again on September 30.

Gardai originally arrested Ms Hrabar, 47, on May 27 after being informed by Terminal 1 of the scheduled 2pm Luxair flight LG4884 to Luxembourg.

They charged them with offenses under the Aviation and Transport Act.

She is accused of knowingly setting off a false alarm by boarding the plane without a boarding pass for the flight. The second charge is obstruction of an authorized officer. She has not yet hinted at a plea.

The court had heard that Ms Hrabar had come to Ireland as a refugee to escape the Russian bombing of her hometown of Kharkiv.

She had been given accommodation in Dublin’s O’Connell Street area but is currently not a permanent resident.

Garda Emer Lawlor had said the defendant “did not respond” to the charges.

Garda Lawlor outlined the evidence and said Ms Hrabar “got through the barriers without a boarding pass”.

Garda Lawlor claimed she “knowingly slipped passengers through the airport and onto a plane and set off an alarm on the plane”.

Garda Lawlor claimed the woman then “attempted to run away from an authorized officer”.

“I’m not guilty,” Ms Hrabar said at a bail hearing the day after her arrest.

She had stated that she was educated, a writer and had accommodation on O’Connell Street supported by Trinity College.

However, the court heard that she had moved away from there. Ms Hrabar had told the court that she was “under the protection of Ireland” and that the Irish had been generous to her.

Gardai were ordered to confiscate her passport. Gardaí confiscate Ukrainian author’s passport after she allegedly “climbed” the flight

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