Physicist for Large Hadron Collider arrested for terror links

October 9th, 2009 - 11:04 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Large Hadron Collider Geneva, Oct 9 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A physicist who was employed with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland has been arrested on suspicion of terror links to terrorist organizations, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said on Friday.

The suspect, who is a physicist and has been working with the premier organization since the last 6 years was arrested in Vienne, France on Thursday, according to CERN. He is suspected to have active terror links with dangerous terror organizations.

The physicist was not yet named, and the terror organization in question was also not known till the last reports came in.

“He was not a CERN employee and performed his research under a contract with an outside institute. His work did not bring him into contact with anything that could be used for terrorism: CERN is a particle physics research laboratory whose research addresses fundamental questions about the universe,” a statement from the organization said.

CERN is currently preparing the Large Hadron Collider again, after it was shut down last year due to some problems said to be technical in nature. Some people are afraid that such an experiment could potentially destroy Earth, but scientists have assured the project is safe.

“None of our research has potential for military application, and all our results are published openly in the public domain. CERN is providing the support requested by the French police in this enquiry,” the organization concluded.

More details about the arrest and the subsequent charges are still awaited.

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