Algerian ex-Cern nuke physicist gets 5 years for jihad plot

via Ex-Cern physicist jailed for five years for terror plot – Europe – World – The Independent. h/t Atlas Shrugs

A French court sentenced an Algerian-born nuclear physicist to five years in prison today for his role in plotting terrorism with al-Qa’ida’s north African wing.

Adlene Hicheur, a former researcher at Switzerland’s Cern laboratory, was convicted of “criminal association with a view to plotting terrorist attacks.”

Hicheur, who has been behind bars since he was arrested in October 2009, could have received up to 10 years in prison.

The 35-year-old scientist and his defenders say he was a victim of allegedly overzealous French anti-terrorism laws and that he explored ideas on jihadist websites but never took any concrete step toward terrorism.

Speaking after the judgment, Hicheur’s lawyer called the verdict “scandalous.”

Lawyer Patrick Baudouin said Hicheur hasn’t decided whether to appeal the verdict. If he does not, with time off for good behavior, his client “should be out rather quickly,” he added.

The case centered on about 35 emails between Hicheur and an alleged contact with al-Qai’da 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 of Cran-Gevrier.

Hicheur claimed he was on morphine for a herniated disk and going through a personal “zone of turbulence” when he wrote an 2009 email that advocated an attack on the barracks.

Previously, French Algerian Cern physicist admits al-Qaida link


2 Responses

  1. A CERN physicist? Oh, wow, what happened to “terrorism is caused by poverty and lack of education”? Boo hoo hoo …

    • ” what happened to ‘terrorism is caused by poverty and lack of education’? . That is only a myth created by our P.C brigade and loony lefties.

Your comments & your IP address are your legal problem, not ours.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 35,810 other followers

%d bloggers like this: