Nature has an editorial on the case of this French-Algerian scientist who has been in jail for nearly two years in France under charges of terrorism.
Hicheur’s work at CERN, Europe’s premier high-energy physics laboratory near Geneva in Switzerland, certainly made for some good headlines — “Nuclear terror suspect is top physicist”, for example. And, at this stage, Nature is in no position to judge his innocence or guilt, which is a question for the French judicial system.
Nonetheless, Hicheur’s case deserves attention because to have held him in custody for so long, although legal under France’s tough anti-terror laws, seems a clear abuse of human rights.
Read it all here.