Saturday, May 5, 2012

'Brilliant' nuclear scientist who worked at Cern laboratory jailed for plotting attacks for Al-Qaeda

A brilliant nuclear scientist working at the Cern nuclear laboratory was today sentenced to five in prison for plotting attacks on behalf of Al-Qaeda

Adlene Hicheur, who is French and from an Algerian background and who studied in England, was arrested in 2009 after police intercepted emails he sent to the Islamic terrorist organisation.

Judges sitting at Paris Correctional Court said the 35-year-old should serve five years, with one suspended.

Hicheur has been on remand for two-and-a-half years since his arrest in October 2009, when he was a researcher at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern), a complex studying the start of the universe - or the 'Big Bang'. Read More