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22 January 2018 10:10 (South Africa)

French arrest nuclear scientist over al-Qaeda links

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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A French physicist of Algerian descent, who works at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern), has been arrested on suspicion of links to al-Qaeda. Anti-terrorism magistrates in Paris have filed preliminary charges after he was said to have exchanged Internet messages with people known to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb region of Algeria, in which he expressed a desire to carry out attacks. Officials say the suspect had not been at work for almost a year because he was ill. His brother, also arrested, was released without being charged.

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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