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URGENT: Hicham Yezza to be Deported

Hicham Yezza, whose story we covered at Libertas last summer, last week lost his immigration case and now faces deportation from the UK. Hicham was arrested under the Terrorism Act in May last year along with Rizwaan Sabir for the possession of an edited electronic of 'The Al-Qaeda Training Manual', which was freely available from both the US Department of Justice's website, as well as on Amazon.

After six days' detention, both men were released without charge. Hicham, however, was immediately re-arrested under the Immigration Act. After a legal challenge Hicham was allowed to challenge his deportation in court but last week lost his case. Despite having lived in the UK for over 13 years, he now faces deportation. His supporters believe the proceedings against him to have been a politically motivated attempt to cover for his initial 'terrorism' arrest.

Read more about the case at Free Hicham, or at Ceasefire Magazine, where Hicham is an editor.

Reader Comments (1)

Just caught this. Guess who's also getting deported at the same time?

From Yahoo/AFP

"British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith signed a deportation order for [Abu Qatada] shortly after winning an appeal at the country's highest court earlier this week."


"...fatwa issued by another London fundamentalist, the Palestinian-Jordanian Abu Qatada who had called upon Muslims to kill the wives and children of Egyptian police and army officers as part of the struggle in Arab countries."

I'm sure western journalists and commentators will in no way conflate, confuse, or compare these two names, Yezza and Qatada, as they have always demonstrated a keen and mature sophistication when handling controversial Islamic and Arabic issues.

Yes, that was sarcasm.

February 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterUJ

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