It is inevitable that there are casualties in the fight against state and capital. Some are imprisoned for their actions in the struggle and others are framed by the authorities. We hope to be able to support those who have been incarcerated by the state and fight against the prison system. If you have details of prisoners who you feel should be included please get in touch (autonomousnott[at]riseup[dot]net).
Hicham Yezza was wrongfully arrested under anti-terror legislation at the University of Nottingham in May 2008. Quick and simple checks by the university authorities or police would have established his innocence and could have avoided this course of events.
Following its policy of trying to deport foreign terror suspects, the Home Office immediately detained Hicham (who is an Algerian national) following his release and attempted a ‘fast-track’ deportation. A massive campaign of support got Hich out on bail but the Home Office continued its persecution of the writer and peace activist.
In March of this year, Hicham was sentenced to 9 months imprisonment for the immigration offence of ‘securing avoidance of enforcement action via deceptive means’. He has always maintained his innocence and is preparing an appeal, but for now he remains behind bars. Please consider writing to Hicham at the address below. You can send books, magazines and CDs as long as you include the sender’s name and address on the envelope:
Hicham Yezza, XP9266, HMP Canterbury, 46 Longport, Canterbury, Kent United Kingdom, CT1 1PJ.