France asks Swiss for assistance in terror probe

16th November 2009, Comments 0 comments

France has asked Switzerland for judicial assistance in an investigation into a nuclear physicist arrested in France over alleged links to Al-Qaeda.

Geneva--"The federal prosecutor's office is in charge of this request for assistance from France," said spokeswoman Jeanette Balmer.

"I can confirm that we have received it and that we are executing it," she told AFP.

Balmer declined to give further details.

Swiss authorities announced on Monday that they had opened their own investigation following the arrest last month of Adlene Hicheur, 32, a scientist who was conducting research at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) on the French-Swiss border near Geneva.

French magistrates have remanded Hicheur, who has also worked at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPLF) in Lausanne, in custody on charges of "membership of a terrorist group."

CERN operates one of the world's leading particle physics research laboratories with a 27 kilometre (15 mile) particle accelerator.

AFP/ Expatica

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