The Algerian opponent and political activist, Karim Tabbou, was arrested on Tuesday in Algiers by plainclothes agents without being informed of the reasons for this arrest.
According to the Algerian Committee for the Liberation of Prisoners of Opinion (CNLD), Tabbou, a Hirak figure, was arrested by people in civilian clothes at Delly Brahim (Algiers) before being placed in police custody.
In a post on its social networks, the CNLD specifies that the party which carried out its arrest remains unknown and that no information has yet filtered on the reason for the arrest of the coordinator of the Democratic and Social Union (UDS). , a party not approved by the Algerian authorities, who is being held in police custody, without knowing when he will be brought before the prosecutor.
Quoted by local media, lawyer Fetta Sadat also confirmed the arrest of the Algerian activist by “the security services in civilian clothes in Dely IBrahim”, noting that Tabbou contacted his family members to inform them that he is in custody. Tabbou has been arrested several times since the start of Hirak in 2019 and imprisoned between September 2019 and July 2020. He was sentenced to one year in prison in March 2020 and to one year in prison suspended in November of the same year in two separate cases.
The UDS coordinator was arrested in August 2022 in Ifri (north) before being released. On April 29 of the same year, Karim Tabbou was placed under judicial control by the court of Bir Mourad Raïs (Algiers), following a complaint lodged against him by Bouzid Lazhari, then president of the Algerian Human Rights Council. (CNDH).
As a reminder, a large wave of arrests is being carried out against many activists, journalists and human rights defenders in Algeria where fundamental freedoms and human rights continue to be ignored, violated and deliberately undermined. According to human rights organizations, some 300 prisoners of conscience languish, some for more than three years and without the slightest trial, in Algerian jails.