A prosecutor requested three years in prison on Sunday against an Algerian opponent, Fethi Ghares, imprisoned at the end of June in particular for insulting President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, according to the National Committee for the Liberation of Detainees (CNLD).
The Bab El Oued court prosecutor “requested three years in prison and a fine of 100,000 dinars (around 600 euros) against Fethi Ghares,” the CNLD said on its Facebook page.
The verdict will be delivered on January 9, wrote on his Facebook page Massouda Chaballah, the wife of this opponent.
Fethi Ghares, coordinator of the Democratic and Social Movement (MDS), a small leftist party, was arrested and imprisoned at the end of June. His home in the suburbs of Algiers had been searched.
According to the CNLD, he is being prosecuted for “attack on the person of the President of the Republic”, “contempt of body” and “dissemination of information that could undermine national unity” and “public order”.
Known militant of the left and secular opposition, Fethi Ghares, 47, joined the popular Hirak protest movement in 2019, which calls for a radical change in the system of governance in place since independence in 1962.
Determined to break the pro-democracy Hirak movement, which has shaken the country sporadically since 2019, the government is relentlessly increasing the arrests and legal proceedings against political opponents, activists, journalists, Internet users, and academics.
Some 300 people are currently behind bars in Algeria for facts related to Hirak, according to CNLD