Thursday, April 17, 2014   

Harvard student Eldo Kim charged over bomb threat
(12-18 09:42)

Bomb threats that led to the evacuations of four Harvard University campus buildings this week I the US were made by a student trying to avoid taking a final exam, federal prosecutors said.
The student, 20-year-old Eldo Kim, sent emails saying bombs had been placed around campus to Harvard police, two university officials and the president of the Harvard Crimson newspaper, according to a criminal complaint filed by the US attorney's office, AP reports.
The messages said shrapnel bombs would go off soon in two of four buildings, including one where prosecutors say Kim was supposed to take an exam at 9am Monday. The buildings, on Harvard's campus in Cambridge, just outside Boston, were shut down for hours before investigators determined there were no explosives.
Kim, who lives in Cambridge, is to make an initial court appearance Wednesday.
Investigators from several agencies searched the campus buildings for hours before determining there were no explosives. One of the buildings was a freshman dormitory; classes are held in the other three.
Harvard said in a statement it was “saddened'' by the allegations in the federal complaint.
An FBI affidavit filed Tuesday says Harvard determined Kim had accessed TOR, a free internet product that assigns a temporary anonymous internet protocol address, using the university's wireless network.
The maximum penalties for a bomb hoax are five years in prison and a US$250,000 fine, prosecutors said.
   
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