University of Nottingham - Clerical worker back in court

July 24, 2008

Hicham Yezza, the university clerical worker arrested after a colleague found a copy of an al-Qaeda training manual on his computer, appeared in court this week charged with immigration offences. Mr Yezza, who was held by police for six days in May under the Terrorism Act, was released without charge after it emerged that an MA student who was researching Islamic terrorism at the University of Nottingham had forwarded him the document for printing. He was immediately rearrested on grounds related to immigration and "fast-tracked" for deportation to Algeria on 23 May. His deportation was halted after an application for judicial review. Mr Yezza, who worked in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, is due to appear in Nottingham Crown Court on 3 September. He has pleaded not guilty to the allegation that he sought to avoid enforcement action against him by falsely claiming he had a valid stamp in his passport extending his leave to remain in the UK. He has been granted bail.

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