Entertainment Algeria: a specialist in Islam sentenced to prison for violation to religion

02:25  23 april  2021
02:25  23 april  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Three years in prison Farm for "offense to the precepts of Islam and Muslim rites" were pronounced this Thursday in Algiers against Saïd Djabelkhir, a reputable academic, specialist in Islam. He was criticized for having written that the sacrifice of the sheep existed before Islam and to have criticized the early marriage of girls in some Muslim societies.

He had recalled on Facebook that some Muslim practices, such as the sacrifice of the sheep, went back to the pre-Islamic era. Said Djabelkhir scoops three years in prison under Article 144-2 bis of the Algerian Criminal Code, which punishes the attacks on religion.

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Coming from an individual and not the prosecution, the complaint should have been rejected on the form, considers one of the defense lawyers. Master Wahab Hamidi is concerned about this conviction aimed at a deemed specialist of Islam: "It's a well-known someone, he is invited to the media, including public. It is solicited by foreign media, from the Middle East, either Western. Because there is a whole debate between reformers and Salafists. But we do not face justice because the person has expressed a contrary opinion.

The lawyers are very surprised by the heaviness of the sentence. They denounce an infringement of the freedom of expression revealing the current hardening of the Algerian authorities. According to the lawyer, this court decision is part of a particular context, namely repression by the authorities of the Hirak Movement. "This instrumentalization of justice, we know, there is no one who will tell us that justice in Algeria is independent. So this hardening returns to this resistance of the regime not to give in to any will of change, "says Wahab Hamidi.

The academic will appeal in the week and is ready to go so far as necessary.

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