Harvard student charged with planning bomb hoax to avoid exam
NEW YORK (AFP) - A Harvard University student charged with masterminding a bomb hoax to get out of an exam will appear before a US court in Boston on Wednesday, the district attorney's office said.
Eldo Kim, 20, faces up to five years in prison, three years supervised release and a US$250,000 (S$314,627) fine if convicted under a bomb hoax statute in connection with Monday's scare on campus.
He allegedly wasted the time of dozens of FBI, police and emergency workers after sending identical emails to Harvard University police, college officials and the student newspaper.
The email received on Monday at 8.30am local time, half an hour before Kim's exam was to start, was entitled "bombs placed around campus" and warned shrapnel bombs had been put in four buildings. The message added "be quick for they will go off soon."