Jonathan Leake and Matthew Campbell
Sunday, Oct 11th, 2009
A physicist arrested on terrorism charges while working for Cern, Europe’s world-renowned particle accelerator facility, had also been employed by British government laboratories.
Adlene Hicheur, 32, who is alleged to have links with Al-Qaeda, worked for the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire where he collaborated with some of its leading researchers.
Hicheur was arrested last week and was this weekend being interrogated by French police over allegations he had suggested targets for potential terrorist attacks. His brother, Halim, also a physicist, was arrested too.
RAL, near Didcot, is one of the British government’s biggest centres for physics. Its research ranges from spacecraft design to particle accelerators and high-level computing. Hicheur is understood to have worked there for up to a year around 2005.
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