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Alert: Former Nottingham University Student to Be Deported to Algeria This Sunday

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Hicham Yezza, a former PhD student and current member of staff at the University of Nottingham faces deportation to Algeria on 1 June 2008.

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Islamic Human Rights Commission
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29 May 2008

Alert: Former Nottingham University Student to Be Deported to Algeria This Sunday

Contents
1. Background
2. Action required
3. Sample Letters


1. Background

Hicham Yezza, a former PhD student and current member of staff at the University of Nottingham faces deportation to Algeria on 1 June 2008, Sunday. 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. Both were released without charge six days later.

Yezza was however rearrested and charged under immigration legislation.

Many students, lecturers and supporters have mobilized a campaign in response to Yezza's arrest and impending deportation and to protest against restricting academic freedom.

For background 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

Also visit, blog created by Hicham Yezza's supporters: http://freehichamyezza.wordpress.com/


2. Action Required

a. Fax / Email Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and appeal to her against this unjust detention and deportation of an innocent civilian.

Rt. Hon. Jacqui Smith MP
Secretary of State for the Home Department

Email: indpublicenquiries@ind.homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
Fax: +44 208 760 3132

b. Fax / Email Chief Executive Officer of British Airways, Willie Walsh, and appeal to him to intervene to prevent deportation of Hicham Yezza.

Mr Wille Walsh
BA Chief Executive Officer
British Airways

Email: willie.walsh@ba.com
Fax: 020 8759 4314 (0044 20 8759 4314 if you are faxing from outside UK).


3. Sample Letters

Please visit Hicham Yezza's blog for sample letters:

a. Model Letter to Home Secretary Ms Jacqui Smith: http://freehichamyezza.wordpress.com/2008/05/29/model-letter-to-the-home-office/

b. Model Letter to British Airways Chief Executive Officer Mr Willie Walsh: http://freehichamyezza.wordpress.com/2008/05/29/model-letter-to-british-airways/

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