Executed 49 people on charges of burning a citizen and abusing his corpse

Executed 49 people on charges of burning a citizen and abusing his corpse
Executed 49 people on charges of burning a citizen and abusing his corpse

Executed 49 people on charges of burning a citizen and abusing his corpse

On Thursday, an Algerian court ruled the death penalty for 49 people over charges of burning a citizen and abusing his body in the Kabylia region in 2021, but the sentences will be reduced to life imprisonment due to the country’s moratorium on executions official body.

And the APS reported that the Criminal Court of First Instance in Casablanca in Algiers convicted the defendants in the case of the murder of Djamel Ben Ismail, who had gone to the town of Arbaa Naith Irathen in the state of Tizi Ouzou to take part in the fires that claimed at least 90 lives within a week in August last year.

Media initially stated that 48 death sentences had been imposed, but the Algerian agency reported that 49 death sentences had been imposed in the case.

The agency said the court had also imposed prison terms of between 10 and two years and fines of between 100,000 and 200,000 Algerian dinars on 28 defendants, and acquitted 17 other defendants.

The people involved in this case are being prosecuted on multiple charges, notably the crime of committing “terrorist and subversive acts against state security and national unity”, “participation in premeditated murder”, “violent attack on public forces”, “proliferation of hate speech,” and “incitement to destroy the property of others and armed gatherings,” according to the agency.

Algeria has had a moratorium on executions since 1993.

Djamel Bensmail was 38 years old when he voluntarily went to the town of Arbaa-Naith-Irathen in Tizi-Ouzou in the northwest of the country to help put out forest fires that killed at least 90 people in a week.

Learning that some of the townspeople suspected him of being involved in the fires because he was a stranger to the area, he rushed to confront the police, but a large crowd of angry citizens snatched him from the hands of security troops, tortured him, burned him alive and mutilated his corpse.

Scenes circulating on social media showed crowds surrounding the police car that Ben Ismail was in, then dragging and hitting him.

After his torture, he was burned alive while young men took selfies in front of his corpse.

At the time, Amnesty International called on the Algerian authorities to “send a clear message that they will not allow such violence.”

The Algerian League for Human Rights also condemned the “shocking” scenes of the incident, stressing that Ben Ismail went to Tizi Ouzou state to help put out the fires.

His father was considered a national hero after his call for calm and brotherhood among Algerians.

During the trial, which began on Tuesday, video clips posted by the defendants on social media showed details of the horrifying crime.

These videos showed Jamal Benismael being tortured, burned alive and having all his personal belongings taken, including his mobile phone.

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