The case of Dr Hicheur

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.

There is also an international support committee and a petition (in French, letter to the Justice minister asking for his freedom until trial takes place).

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