NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Moroccan man in Connecticut who authorities say expressed interest in using remote-controlled toy airplanes to bomb a school and a federal building is expected to plead guilty to an immigration charge.
A lawyer for El Mehdi Semlali Fathi tells The Associated Press he anticipates his client will plead guilty to perjury Thursday.
Authorities say the 27-year-old man's student visa expired and he was facing deportation when he made false statements in seeking political asylum. Fathi allegedly falsely claimed he was repeatedly arrested by the Moroccan government and assaulted.
An FBI affidavit says Fathi, who lives in Bridgeport, also spoke about a desire to bomb an out-of-state school and a federal building in Connecticut. The affidavit doesn't specify the potential targets. Fathi is detained and is still being investigated.