World Algerian War: Ali Boumendjel was "tortured and murdered" by the French army, admits the Élysée

03:05  03 march  2021
03:05  03 march  2021 Source:   france24.com

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Algerian activist Ali Boumendjel, whose murder was disguised as suicide in 1957, was indeed "tortured and murdered" by the French army, Emmanuel Macron admitted on Tuesday. This gesture of appeasement is one of the measures recommended by historian Benjamin Stora in his report on colonization and the Algerian war.

French President Emmanuel Macron acknowledged, Tuesday March 2, that the lawyer and nationalist leader Ali Boumendjel was "tortured and murdered" by the French army during the Algerian war in 1957, announced the Élysée , a murder at the time disguised as suicide.

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This recognition "in the name of France", which the Head of State himself announced to Ali Boumendjel's grandchildren by receiving them on Tuesday, is one of the appeasement gestures recommended by historian Benjamin Stora in its report on colonization and the Algerian war, in order to resolve the tensions between the two countries around the memory of this conflict.

"At the heart of the Battle of Algiers, he was arrested by the French army, held incommunicado, tortured, then assassinated on March 23, 1957", details the Elysee in a press release. In 2000, "Paul Aussaresses (former head of intelligence in Algiers, Editor's note) himself confessed to having ordered one of his subordinates to kill him and disguise the crime as suicide."

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"Today, the President of the Republic received at the Elysée Palace four of Ali Boumendjel's grandchildren to tell them, on behalf of France, what Malika Boumendjel would have liked to hear: Ali Boumendjel did not He did not commit suicide. He was tortured and then murdered, "adds the French presidency.

"Devastating lie"

"He also told them his desire to continue the work begun for several years to collect testimonies to encourage the work of historians by opening the archives, in order to give all the families of the missing, both sides of the Mediterranean, the means to know the truth. "

This gesture "is not an isolated act", promises the president in this press release. "No crime, no atrocity committed by anyone during the Algerian War can be excused or concealed." "This work will be extended and deepened over the coming months, so that we can move forward towards appeasement and reconciliation", concludes the press release, which pleads for "to look history in the face, to recognize the truth of the facts" for " reconciliation of memories ".

"The generation of Ali Boumendjel's grandchildren must be able to build their destiny, far from the two ruts of amnesia and resentment. It is for them now, for the French and Algerian youth, that we need move forward on the path of truth, the only one that can lead to the reconciliation of memories, ”says the Élysée. Last month, Ali Boumendjel's niece, Fadela Boumendjel-Chitour, denounced a "lie of the (French) state which was devastating".

With AFP

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