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US News Algeria: the trial of Karim Tabbou for undermining the morale of the army has started

00:55  01 december  2020
00:55  01 december  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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"Salam to all of you! My name is Karim and i represent the (( damn I'm so tired, I don't even know why I have this page anymore, i can't even draw these days so apparently I have a low self-esteem well that's what the psychologist told me and I have all the symptoms for depression )).

Une manifestante montre le portrait de Karim Tabbou en janvier 2020. © AFP A protester shows the portrait of Karim Tabbou in January 2020.

In Algeria, the trial of Karim Tabbou began on Monday , after several postponements. The president of the small unapproved opposition party UDS and one of the Hirak figures appeared free in front of the Koléa court. He is accused of undermining the morale of the army.

The prosecutor requested three years in prison and a 100,000 dinar fine, the equivalent of 650 euros, against Karim Tabbou. The lawyers then began their oral arguments at midday. They are several dozen to defend the opponent and figure of Hirak whose portrait was brandished during the demonstrations of the protest movement born in February 2019, which resulted in the resignation of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

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Convicted in another case

Karim Tabbou, 47, is tried for undermining the morale of the army, because of statements critical of the army, and towards the regime, during a meeting in May 2019 in Kherrata . For these facts, he was arrested in September 2019 then released two weeks later, and placed under judicial supervision.

Since then, Karim Tabbou has been prosecuted in another case. Last March, he was sentenced to one year in prison , for attacking national unity. He has been on parole since July 2, after 9 months in detention.

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