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Algeria Court Acquits 6 Amazigh in State Security Case

Algeria Court Acquits 6 Amazigh in State Security Case

Friday, 19 January, 2018 - 12:30

Six Mozabite Amazigh activists accused of attempting to overthrow the Algerian government and damage state security were acquitted in court on Thursday, their lawyer said.

"Justice has been done in this trial that should never have taken place," Mustapha Bouchachi told Agence France Presse from Ghardaia, 600 kilometers south of Algiers, where the trial was held.

The six defendants were part of a mediation team set up to halt intercommunal violence between Mozabites and Arabs that left at least 35 dead between December 2013 and July 2015 in the Ghardaia region.

They had been accused of running two Facebook pages with posts deemed to breed hatred and causing damage to state security, charges that carry the death sentence in Algeria but which they denied.

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