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French physicist jailed for 5 years on dubious intent-of-terrorism charges

By Declan Butler and Geoff Brumfiel A French court today sentenced French-Algerian physicist, Adlène Hicheur, to four years in prison with a further one year suspended sentence. He was found guilty of plotting with AQIM, al-Qaeda’s North African branch, to carry out terror attacks on military and economic targets on French soil. The court also ordered the confiscation of €15,000 that Hicheur had transferred to Algeria for what he said was a property purchase, as well as his computer equipment. 

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