French nuclear scientist gets five-year terror sentence
A French court sentenced French-Algerian nuclear scientist Adlčne Hicheur, formerly employed at the CERN nuclear institute in Switzerland, to five years in prison Friday for "criminal association" allegedly aimed at plotting terror attacks.
AP - A French court has sentenced an Algerian-born nuclear physicist to five years in prison for his role in plotting terrorism with al-Qaida’s north African wing.
The case centered on about 35 emails between Hicheur and an alleged contact with Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb named Mustapha Debchi, who tried to convince him to carry out a suicide bombing. Hicheur declined, but in one response suggested striking at the barracks of a battalion of elite Alpine troops in the eastern town Cran-Gevrier.
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