Swiss police thwart ‘eco-anarcho terror’ attack on IBM

Swiss police thwart ‘eco-anarcho terror’ attack on IBM


IBM has been allegedly targeted by a group of Italian eco-terrorists intent on bombing a planned nano-technology centre in Switzerland.

Police in Switzerland apparently foiled the attack by members of Italian eco-anarchist group Il Silvestre when they stopped a car a few miles from the target on April 15.

Officers allegedly found a primed device when they searched the vehicle, the Daily Mail reports. According to the Mail, police said “A large quantity of explosives was found.”

Constantino Ragusa and Silivia Guerini, both Italian, and Italian-Swiss Luca Bernasconi were arrested, and are being held in jail. Guerini and Constantini both have previous form for eco-terror offences, the Mail reports.

Prosecutors believe the three were thought to be en route to IBM’s nano-technology research centre near Zurich. The company is also thought to be planning to carry out bio-tech research there.

According to the New York Times, prosecution spokeswoman Jeannette Balmer refused to confirm the names of the three or speculate on their motives.

However, Il Silvestre has an green anarchist agenda, including opposition to all forms of micro-technology, nuclear technology and weapons.

It apparently began in Tuscany, and has a rigid cell structure. Members have been previously accused of direct actions including arson and targeting both right wing politicians and electricity pylons.

Despite the group’s opposition to technology, supporters appear happy to take to the internet to back up the organisation.

IBM said in a statement, “IBM has been notified by Swiss police authorities about an investigation and is co-operating accordingly.”

Swiss Hold 3 in Plot Against I.B.M.
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
Published: April 26, 2010

GENEVA — Three people suspected of planning an attack against a Swiss branch of I.B.M. were arrested this month, the Swiss authorities said Monday.

The three suspects, two Italians and a Swiss national who had been living in Italy, were arrested on April 15 at a roadside checkpoint near Zurich after the police found explosives “and other objects that can be used in an attack” in their car, prosecutors said.

A statement from the Federal Prosecutor’s Office said that the police had also found a letter referring to a planned attack on a branch of an international company.

Prosecutors did not describe any motive behind the suspected plot or identify the suspects by name. A prosecution spokeswoman, Jeannette Balmer, would not give additional details of the case.

An. I.B.M. spokeswoman, Constance Bordes, said the company had been informed of the case by the Swiss police and was cooperating with the investigation.

I.B.M. has a laboratory near Zurich that conducts research into developing atomic and molecular-scale structures for enhancing electronic technologies, she said.

Arrests over ‘Swiss IBM bomb plot’

Police have arrested two men and a woman suspected of planning to bomb a research facility belonging to the IBM computing firm near Zurich, according to media reports in Switzerland.

Prosecutors confirmed on Monday that two Italians and a Swiss were held on suspicion of planning an attack against an international company, but they would not confirm the target.

They said the arrests occured on April 15 near Rueschlikon, about 10km south of Zurich.

The SonntagsBlick newspaper reported that the suspects intended to attack a nanotechnology research facility that IBM is building in Rueschlikon.

Police discovered “explosive and further items in their car” as well as a note “indicating a planned attack on the branch of an international company,” Jeannette Balmer, a spokeswoman for the federal prosecutors office, said.

All of those arrested remain in detention, she said.

“IBM has been notified by Swiss police authorities about an investigation and is co-operating accordingly,” Chris Sciacca, an IBM spokesman, said.

He declined to answer further questions, citing the police investigation.

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