Customs stop scientist taking chemicals to China

12th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

STRASBOURG, April 12, 2006 (AFP) - A senior scientist from one of France's chemistry research institutes took samples from a laboratory without permission and tried to board a plane to China on Saturday, the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) said on Wednesday.

STRASBOURG, April 12, 2006 (AFP) - A senior scientist from one of France's chemistry research institutes took samples from a laboratory without permission and tried to board a plane to China on Saturday, the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) said on Wednesday.

The man, of Asian origin and a research director at the Strasbourg Institute of Chemistry, was stopped by customs officials in the early hours of Saturday morning at Strasbourg airport in eastern France, the regional office of the CNRs said.

He was carrying "chemical substances which have been identified as being the products of research from his laboratory and having possible consequences in the medical field".

The director of Strasbourg centre, Remy Loui, told AFP that the man, whom he declined to identify, had worked at the institute for 25 years and "is one of the finest French researchers".

The CNRS added in its statement: "The management of the CNRS is looking at the circumstances that led to this situation and the steps to take."

The statement added that all products taken from laboratories, particularly for transport outside of France, would need authorisation "which was not the case here".

The man was released on Saturday night, the CNRS said.

Both customs and the prosecutor's office in Strasbourg declined to comment on the arrest.

Copyright AFP

Subject: French news

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