Algeria on Thursday launched an international arrest warrant against Ferhat Mehenni, the leader of the Kabyle independence movement, the MAK. Algiers had classified its movement as a terrorist organization.
The prosecutor general of Algiers has announced the issuance of an international arrest warrant against the head of MAK, Ferhat Mehenni, 70, accused by Algiers of being behind the fires that have affected Kabylia. The head of the peaceful organization lives in France where he enjoys political asylum.
Algiers, said the day after the fires that affected the Berber-speaking region that they were of a criminal nature, while the regime was unable to put out the fires, a week after their outbreak, and remained awaiting international aid .
The prosecutor general of Algiers also announced the first conclusions of the preliminary investigation into the assassination of young Djamel Bensmaïl, who was lynched in public by panicked residents after the authorities announced that criminals had put fire to their region.
The young man who was not from the region and who had come to lend a hand to the inhabitants to put out the fires, was taken to task by the police who then delivered him to an angry population. Algerian police forces did nothing to prevent the young man’s death.
In this investigation, the Algerian authorities quickly pointed out the responsibility of the MAK and the organization Rachat, two movements based abroad and even accused Morocco and Israel of supporting them.
Algeria has launched a witch hunt on dissidents and power critics, bloggers, and journalists based abroad who escape power, and has classified MAK and Rachad as terrorist organizations.
In addition, Algeria recently concluded an extradition agreement with France, which appears to be a strategy to facilitate the extradition of people it has identified as criminals;
The preliminary investigation arrested 88 people including 24 belonging to the MAK, and 29 others are on the run, some of them abroad, say the Algerian authorities who want to silence any protest force against the government.