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Algeria hands activist Yacine Mebarki 10 years jail for ‘inciting atheism’: NGO

Oct 12, 2020


An Algerian court on Thursday handed a key member of the Hirak anti-government protest movement a 10-year prison sentence for “inciting atheism”, a rights group said.

Yacine Mebarki was also found guilty of “offending Islam” and fined 10 million dinars ($77,400), Said Salhi, vice president of the Algerian Human Rights League.

Salhi said he was “shocked by such a heavy verdict against a citizen who only expressed his opinion online.”

The sentence was the longest given to a member of the Hirak, the popular anti-government movement that led demonstrations that pushed president Abdelaziz Bouteflika from power last year.

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