Swiss try three for thwarted attack on IBM plant

ZURICH, July 19 (Reuters) – One Swiss and two Italian suspected far-left militants went on trial on Tuesday accused of planning a foiled bomb attack on an IBM nanotechnology centre in Switzerland.

The three people were arrested at a traffic checkpoint near the IBM plant south of Zurich in April 2010.

In their car, police found explosives and letters claiming responsibility for a bomb attack on the IBM building from a group calling itself “Elf Switzerland Earth Liberation Front”, prosecutors said.

A group of Italian anarchists gathered outside the Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona in support of the suspects on Tuesday. A verdict is due on Friday, SDA news agency reported.

Media reports said the two Italians are Costantino Ragusa and Silvia Guerini and the Swiss national is Luca Bernasconi and have suggested a link between their case and parcel bombs last December at the Swiss and Chilean embassies in Rome.

Swiss authorities do not usually identify suspects until they are found guilty.

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