Almost 50 people sentenced to death over lynching of Algerian man wrongly accused of starting wildfi…


Sumary of Almost 50 people sentenced to death over lynching of Algerian man wrongly accused of starting wildfi…:

  • Five people were convicted in absentia for their involvement in the killing and for belonging to or supporting a banned Kabylie separatist movement called MAK, Mr Saheb said.
  • Defence lawyers said confessions were coerced under torment and called the trial a political masquerade aimed at stigmatising Kabylie.
  • Police said photographs posted online helped identify the suspects.
  • Hundreds of Algerian citizens have been jailed for trying to keep the Hirak movement alive, with marches banned by Algeria army-backed government.
  • At the moment of the fires, the region was the last bastion of the Hirak pro-democracy protest movement, which helped bring down long-serving president Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

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