Two Italian environmental activists and a Swiss colleague went on trial on Tuesday for planning a bomb attack against an IBM research centre which was being built near Zurich.

“The accused have been charged with planning an incendiary attack on a nanotechnology centre under construction,” Switzerland’s top criminal court said on its website, without giving further details about the suspects.

The attorney general confirmed the nationalities of the suspects, adding that the Swiss national was resident in Italy.

“The accused were allegedly in possession of explosives which they had allegedly transported into Switzerland without authorisation,” added the court.

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