Bomb talk suspect to admit immigration charge

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Moroccan man in Connecticut who authorities say expressed interest in using remote-controlled airplanes to bomb a school and a federal building is expected to plead guilty to an immigration charge.

Paul Thomas, a federal public defender for 27-year-old El Mehdi Semlali Fathi, tells the Associated Press Fathi is anticipated to plead guilty Thursday to perjury in connection with immigration proceedings. An FBI affidavit says Fathi spoke on recorded conversations about a desire to bomb an out-of-state school and a federal building in Connecticut. The affidavit said his intentions were under investigation.

Fathi, who lives in Bridgeport, was arrested on immigration-related charges in April.

Authorities say Fathi was facing deportation to Morocco and made the false statements while seeking political asylum in the U.S.


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