MARSEILLE, France (AP) _ An Algerian convicted by a Paris court for his role in a support network for Islamic insurgents was expelled Friday from France to his homeland, police said.

Mohamed Chalabi, 46, was arrested in 1995 and sentenced to eight years in prison for providing arms, money and medical supplies to the radical Armed Islamic Group who are battling government forces in Algeria.

Freed six months ago, Chalabi had illegally remained in France. He hid in the town of Angers, southwest of Paris, before being caught earlier this week and transferred to Marseille and eventually deported.