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 (, the arrest was made after anti-terrorist police had followed his movements for more than a year. Le Figaro newspaper ( 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