!!!الحمد الله الذي بنعمته تتم الصالحات و الله اكبر
Praise is to Allah Who by His Blessing all good things are perfected, Allah is the Greatest!!!
We are pleased to convey the news that our brother, Dr. Adlène Hicheur has finally been released, after nearly three long years, from the dungeons of France on 15 May, and All Praise is due to Allah alone.
Brother Hicheur was detained in 2009, while working as a postdoctoral researcher in high-energy physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. He had been detained in Fresnes Prison near Paris ever since his arrest.
Two days before national elections, Dr. Hicheur was found guilty of plotting with al-Qaeda of Islamic Maghrib (AQIM) to carry out terror attacks on French targets. His case hinged on the presentation of emails exchanged with an unknown individual, email@example.com., whom it has even been speculated did not exist.
On 4 May, 2012, a French court sentenced the French-Algerian physicist to four years in prison.
The two and a half years that Adlène Hicheur has already spent in jail was deducted from his four year sentence. An additional year was suspended because he was born in Sétif, the scene of a brutal massacre of Algerian civilians by colonial French occupiers in 1945.
The court also ordered the confiscation of €15,000 (US$19,500) that Hicheur had transferred to Algeria for a property purchase, as well as his computer equipment used for professional research.
Speaking after the verdict had been handed down, Mr. Baudouin, his solicitor, denounced what he described as a “humiliation”.
The fruits of his research, his intellectual work, has been confiscated. He may be supported by over 400 physicists from around the world, including a Nobel Prize winner [Jack Steinberger], but it will be difficult for him to resume his professional life on his release. We feel that the intention is to break him, to humiliate him.
Dr. Hicheur had declined to appeal the verdict despite his innocence for it would entail him remaining in prison for at least another eight months.
We ask Allah to keep him safe, to soothe the hearts of him and his family, to keep them steadfast and to increase them in the best of this world and The Next. Ameen. We also ask Him that He Frees our many brothers and sisters held in the prisons of the oppressors, Ameen Ya Rab!