He has since been deported back to his country. Ridiculously some of the faculty in the university are manifesting on his behalf. Smh
Convicted in France for "association with criminals in order to plan a terrorist attack", the French-Algerian physicist Adlène Hicheur will no longer act as a teacher at UFRJ (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) following the advice of the institution.
Folha found out that Hicheur held a meeting with the management of the Institute of Physics on Thursday morning (14) and was advised to just continue with his work as a researcher. The university underwent a strike in 2015, and classes related to the second semester of last year will be finished in March.
Hicheur plans to leave Brazil, but still has a contract in place with UFRJ, which ends in June. The physicist is still pondering whether to break the link in advance or not.
The decision to withdraw Hicheur from classes aims to avoid further exposition of the physicist, according to the version given by the representatives of UFRJ. An employee from UFRJ, who preferred to remain anonymous, said that Hicheur agreed with the recommendation of the Institute of Physics.
The UFRJ confirmed to Folha that the teacher will give up his classes "to prevent non-academic influences from interfering with the progress of the classes". According to the statement issued by the university, he will continue to work on his "research activities in graduate school".
According to the director of the Brazilian Center for Physics Research (CBPF), Ronald Shellard, the French-Algerian wants to leave Brazil.
Fellow teacher at the Physics Institute of UFRJ, Hicheur was sentenced in 2012 to five years in prison. He was jailed for two and a half years, between 2009 and 2012, when he was entitled to a reduced sentence.
A French court sentenced Hicheur based on electronic messages he exchanged with alleged members of al-Qaeda in Algeria.
Translated by CLÁUDIA GONÇALVES
Rio De Janerio: Brazil has deported the Franco-Algerian nuclear physicist Adlene Hicheur, who was convicted in 2012 for his involvement in a French terror plot, after rejecting a request for an extension to his work visa, the Justice Ministry said late Friday.
In a statement, the ministry said the decision had been taken in the "national interest" without giving any further details.
Brazil is in the midst of tightening security ahead of the Olympics which start Aug 5 and said separately on Friday that it would enhance the scope of operations following a deadly truck attack in Nice earlier this week.
Local press reports said Hicheur had been deported to France, though a spokesperson for the Justice Ministry would not confirm the information.
Hicheur was sentenced by a Paris court to five years in prison in 2012, on charges of helping to plot an attack in France in 2009 with an Al Qaeda militant in Algeria.
A former researcher at the prestigious CERN physics lab in Geneva, Hicheur was found guilty of providing logistical advice using encrypted messages sent via the internet.
At the time, Hicheur said he had been charged over his opinions rather than his acts, but prosecutors said he had provided a terrorist manual to would-be attackers.
Hicheur, who had already been in detention for two and half years, was released shortly after his sentencing and moved to Brazil in 2013 where he took a post at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
In a statement, the university said it was "surprised" and "concerned" by Hicheur's deportation, which it said was "announced without clear justification and attention to basic democratic principles."
Hey look. We did something. For once. One time only.