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Presidential pardon for a thousand convicts and release of 70 Hirak detainees – RT in French

At the start of the month of Ramadan, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune signed a presidential decree on April 3 pardoning 1,076 detainees. The Algerian head of state also ordered the release of 70 detainees from Hirak.

Algerian Head of State Abdelmadjid Tebboune has pardoned 1,076 convicts according to a press release from the presidency posted on April 3 on Facebook.

“On the occasion of the advent of the holy month of Ramadan and in accordance with the Constitution, in particular article 91, paragraphs 7 and 8, the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, signed the […] April 2 of the year 1443 of the Hegira, corresponding to April 3, 2022, a presidential decree granting pardon in favor of 1,076 detainees definitively condemned”, indicates the press release.

Abdelmadjid Tebboune also “ordered measures of clemency in favor of 70 defendants in cases of disturbances to public order”, adds the press release. Through this mention, the Algerian presidency refers to the 70 individuals detained within the framework of the Hiraka protest movement that had led to major demonstrations from February 2019 until early 2020. The 70 people released will remain awaiting their trials following the proceedings brought against them by the Algerian authorities.

Chems Eddine Laalami, known as Brahim, a well-known figure in Hirak imprisoned since July 2021, is one of the detainees released, according to the National Committee for the Release of Detainees (CNLD) quoted by AFP. Another figure of Hirakhuman rights defender Zaki Hannache, detained since February for “apology for terrorist acts” and “dissemination of false information”, was also released.

In July 2021, Abdelmadjid Tebboune had already released a hundred detainees imprisoned for their links with the movement of the Hirak.


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