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Entertainment Algeria: reduced prison sentence for a Hirak activist accused of "insulting Islam"

17:15  25 november  2020
17:15  25 november  2020 Source:   france24.com

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Yacine Mebarki était engagé localement dans le mouvement de protestation populaire du © Ryad Kramdi, AFP Yacine Mebarki was locally involved in the popular protest movement of the "Hirak".

Algerian "Hirak" activist Yacine Mebarki had his sentence reduced on appeal to one year in prison on Wednesday, after being sentenced at first instance to ten years for, in particular, "insulting Islam".

Accused in particular of "desecration" of the Koran and of "insulting Islam", the Algerian activist Yacine Mebarki, who had been sentenced to ten years in prison in October, saw his sentence reduced on appeal to one year from prison, Wednesday, November 25.

He was sentenced "to one year in prison by the Khenchela court," said his lawyer Me Hachem Saci on his Facebook account. He will also have to pay a fine of 50,000 dinars (330 euros).

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An Algerian court on Sunday sentenced prominent anti-government activist Amira Bouraoui to a year in prison , amid a growing climate of repression Bouraoui, a 44-year-old gynaecologist, is a prominent activist in the “ Hirak ” protest movement that secured the resignation of former president Abdelaziz

The 2019–20 Algerian protests, also called Revolution of Smiles or Hirak Movement, began on 16 February 2019, six days after Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his candidacy for a fifth presidential

Locally engaged in the popular protest movement of "Hirak" , the Berber activist was found guilty of "insulting the precepts of the (Muslim) religion, inciting discrimination and possessing without authorization war ", according to the lawyer.

On the other hand, he was released from the more serious charges of "desecration" of the Koran, of "inciting to convert a Muslim to another religion" and of pressuring a Muslim to renounce his religion " , clarified Me Saci.

A wave of repression against the militants of the "Hirak"

On October 10, Yacine Mebarki was sentenced to ten years of imprisonment and to pay a heavy fine of 66 million dinars (66,000 euros) by the Khenchela court. On appeal, the package had requested the same prison sentence, the heaviest ever having targeted an activist of "Hirak", according to the National Committee for the Liberation of Detainees (CNLD), an association supporting prisoners

Militant of the Amazigh (Berber) cause, Yacine Mebarki, 52, was arrested on September 30 after a search of his home. He will be released from prison on October 1, 2021.

This sentence is part of a wave of repression targeting daily militants of the "Hir ak ", political opponents, journalists and bloggers. According to the CNLD, some 90 people are currently in prison for facts related to the protest in Algeria, most of them for posts on Facebook.

With AFP

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