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French nuclear scientist jailed for terror plots

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A Franco-Algerian scientist has been jailed for five years for plotting terror attacks.

Adlène Hicheur worked at the CERN nuclear research centre near Geneva.

Police arrested him after intercepting emails he wrote to an alleged al-Qaeda contact.

Hicheur has spent the past two and a half years in custody awaiting trial.

His lawyer says his client’s messages were worrying and to be criticised, but they were never acted upon.

Patrick Badouin told euronews that following such as logic would see prosecutions against thousands of Internet users, including those who hold extreme or fringe political views.

Badouin has ten days to appeal against Hicheur’s sentence.

After Hicheur’s arrest, officers found Islamist literature at his parents’ home.