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Algerian Authorities Accused of Falsifying Tabbou's Medical Records

Algerian Authorities Accused of Falsifying Tabbou's Medical Records

Wednesday, 1 April, 2020 - 08:45
Algerian political activist Karim Tabbou. (AFP)
Algiers - Boualem Goumrassa

The family of detained political activist Karim Tabbou accused the Algerian judiciary of falsifying his medical records after it claimed that he did not suffer from a stroke.

The judiciary had backed its claim with medical examinations, refuting his lawyer’s statements.

On March 24, a court of appeals sentenced Tabbou for a year in prison on charges of “weakening army morale” last year after criticizing the then army chief, Ahmed Gaed Salah, who died suddenly of a heart attack in late December.

The Tabbou family issued Tuesday a statement to the public, demanding that he be released so that he can receive treatment through doctors of its choice.

It clarified that Tabbou’s health condition has improved, but his stay in prison endangers his life.

His lawyer, Abdelghani Badi said that Tabbou, 46, had been sentenced to a year in prison, and had been unable to defend himself after suffering a medical problem, which he later revealed to be a stroke.

Tabbou’s slammed his trial, citing various constitutional and legal violations it committed, including holding him in solitary confinement for 200 days. It also rejected the official accusation that he was undermining national unity.

The media and public and political class are in agreement that Tabbou was imprisoned for his views and activism.

The family said it will hold to account everyone responsible for his ongoing detention as he continues to suffer from poor health. It singled out the security forces, who arrested him from his home, and the judge, who sent him to jail in a sham trial.

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