Reports: Hadron Collider physicist arrested on terrorism charges

October 10, 2009 11:10 AM PDT

by Chris Matyszczyk

A 32-year-old nuclear physicist, part of the Large Hadron Collider project on the Swiss-French border, has been arrested by French police on suspicion of involvement with al-Qaeda.

According to The Independent (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/hadron-lab-scientist-held-on-terrorism-charges-1800647.html), the arrest was made after anti-terrorist police had followed his movements for more than a year. Le Figaro newspaper (http://www.lefigaro.fr/actualite-france/2009/10/09/01016-20091009ARTFIG00471-isere-l-un-des-terroristes-arrete-etait-chercheur-au-cern-.php) suggested that the man’s name had originally come to light in connection with the “Afghan network” of terrorist groups based in Europe.

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Of Algerian origin, he was arrested together with his brother, who was not working on the Collider. Continue reading

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