ALGERIA: Two Kabyl Christians sentenced to heavy prison terms
HRWF calls upon the European Parliament and EU High Representative/ Vice-President Borrell to ask President of Algeria Abdelmadjid Tebboune to put an end to the persecution of Christians
HRWF (04.12.2020) – On 16 December, a court in Amizour sentenced Abdelghani Mammeri, a young Coptic Orthodox to six months in prison and a fine of 100,000 DA (*). During the trial, the Prosecutor of the Republic demanded two years in prison and a fine of 200,000 DA. The young Christian, a convert, was accused of “offending the Prophet and showing disrespect to religious principles”. He was poorly defended by his lawyer who even advised him to recant his new faith.
On 3 December, Mebrouk Bouakaz, was tried by the same court on the same grounds. The prosecutor demanded six months in prison and a fine of 200,000 DA but the judge sentenced him on 17 December to three years in prison and a fine of 50,000 DA.
There was a strong presence of radical Islamists in the court room to put the judiciary under pressure. No political party criticized the ruling.
Both Christians will appeal the decision.
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(*) 1 Algerian Dinar – 0.0062 EUR