Islamic Human Rights Commission
10 June 2008
Alert Update: Hicham Yezza’s deportation cancelled, immigration case to be reviewed
After widespread campaign support, Hicham Yezza’s deportation for 1 June 2008 has been cancelled, and his immigration case is now being reviewed. On 4 June, Mr Yezza’s solicitor, David Smith of Cartwright King of Nottingham, gave this statement regarding the immigration case:
“Following the issue of our client’s Judicial review last Friday, the case is now with the Home Office’s legal advisers (the Treasury Solicitor), to whom we have put detailed representations about certain aspects of the case. We very much hope that this will shortly lead to our client’s release, if necessary on restrictions, while the case is thoroughly and properly reviewed at the most senior level. We look forward to proper and lawful decisions being taken without delay, failing which we will be making urgent applications to the High Court for appropriate short and long term remedies.”
Though Mr Yezza’s deportation has been successfully cancelled, he is still in detention and much campaign work remains in his case. For further information regarding possible action campaigners may choose to take to support his case, please visit*:
Hicham Yezza, a former PhD student and current member of staff at the University of Nottingham faced deportation to Algeria on 1 June 2008. He was arrested unjustly along with another student Rizwaan Sabir under the Terrorism Act 2000 on 14 May 2008 after they were found to be in possession of an Al Qaeda manual, downloaded by Sabir as part of his Ph D research and emailed to Yezza for printing because Sabir could not afford to print it himself. The manual was downloaded from a US government website and is available Amazon.com. Although, both were released without charge six days later, Yezza was rearrested and charged under immigration legislation. Following his re-arrest and scheduled deportation, many students, lecturers and supporters mobilized a campaign in response to protest against restricting academic freedom.
For further details to the case, please visit: http://www.ihrc.org.uk/show.php?id=3389, http://www.ihrc.org.uk/show.php?id=3388 and http://www.ihrc.org.uk/show.php?id=3387
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