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Teacher convicted of link to terrorism is withdrawn from classes

01/15/2016 - 09h58

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FELIPE DE OLIVEIRA
FROM RIO DE JANEIRO
 

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.

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Brother (R) and father (C) of Adlene Hicheur, at the Paris Courthouse
Brother (R) and father (C) of Adlene Hicheur, at the Paris Courthouse

 
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
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