Investigators said Eldo Kim, 20, admitted to making the e-mailed threat that triggered evacuations on campus.

Kim was charged in US District Court in Boston and if convicted, he could be sentenced to as long as five years in prison, three years supervised release and a USD 250,000 fine.

Kim was brought into court in handcuffs wearing Harvard sweatpants and a gray T-shirt. He did not enter a plea and spoke only to confirm to Magistrate Judge Judith Dein that he understood he has a right to remain silent and a right to an attorney.

“This is a very serious obligation," Dein said. "If you do go on the (Harvard) grounds you must be escorted," Dein added.

A Harvard spokesman declined to comment on whether Kim remained a student at the Ivy League university.

On Monday, Harvard evacuated four buildings, including classroom facilities and a dormitory, on its centuries-old campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, after receiving e-mails claiming "shrapnel bombs" had been placed in two of the buildings.

An agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation tracked Kim down on Monday night at his Harvard campus dorm. The FBI agent said in court papers that the student confessed to sending the hoax e-mails to university police, several administrators and the student newspaper.

The message said bombs had been placed in two of four named buildings and added, ‘guess correctly ... be quick for they will go off soon’.

"Kim stated that he was in Emerson Hall at 9:00 am when the fire alarm sounded and the building was evacuated," said an affidavit by the FBI agent. "According to Kim, upon hearing the alarm, he knew that his plan had worked," it added.

Kim’s uncle and sister appeared in the court on Wednesday but declined to speak to reporters.


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