Reuters Christian Hartmann
An Algerian court sentenced Ibrahim Lahlami, a Hirak activist, to two years in prison, after he was convicted of several charges, including “insulting the president of the republic.”
The National Committee for the Release of the Detainees stated that “the court in Bordj Bou Arreridj, east of Algiers, convicted Chams El Din Lahlami, known as Brahim, to two years in prison with expiration date and a fine of 200,000 dinars (1250 euros).”
Lali has been in temporary detention since last September after he was charged with 6 charges, of which he was acquitted of three.
For his part, a member of the Defense Committee for the Hirak Prisoners, Lawyer Munir Gharbi, affirmed that “the court indicted me on three charges: insulting the President of the Republic, spreading false news and insulting a regular body.”
During the trial that took place last week, which was boycotted by lawyers “in protest against the lack of fair trial conditions,” the prosecution demanded a 4-year prison sentence and a fine of 500,000 dinars on the activist.
Ibrahim Laami Al-Khayyat, a young man, went out alone in Bordj Bou Arreridj in February 2019, carrying a large banner against the candidacy of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika for a fifth term.
The ruling comes a week before the second anniversary of the launch of the popular movement against the Algerian government, which began in February 2019, in light of tension in the hierarchy of power due to political, economic and health crises.