Two Hirak leaders in Algeria, Karim Tabbou and Samir Benlarbi, will be pardoned by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. A political source indicates that they must be released soon. Sixty people linked to this protest movement are still incarcerated.
“President Abdelmadjid Tebboune assured me that he would use his constitutional privileges so that Karim Tabbou and Samir Benlarbi regained their freedom,” Sofiane Djilali, leader of an opposition party in Algeria, told AFP on Tuesday, June 2. , who agreed on behalf of the two Hirak leaders.
Sofiane Djilali received at the request of the Algerian head of state, saying that the two people of the movement will soon be released.
“It is a solemn commitment on his part,” added the party’s president Jil Jadid, emphasizing that the Algerian president had stated that he “did not interfere directly with regard to [à] Justice”.
In Algerian law, the head of state has the right to forgive. In principle, this only applies to prisoners who are definitely sentenced, as is the case with Karim Tabbou, a veteran of the opposition who is serving a year’s imprisonment for “undermining the integrity of national territory”.
“I think they have paid enough. It is very good that they find their freedom and their home,” Sofiane Djilali added.
Sixty opponents were arrested
Activist Samir Benlarbi, a longtime opponent of the regime, has been in custody since March 7.
According to the National Prison Relief Committee (CNLD), an aid association, about sixty people are currently being held for documents related to Hirak.
Several Algerian and international NGOs demand an “immediate and unconditional” release, as well as “free of all prisoners and prisoners of conscience who are imprisoned [en Algérie]”.
Hirak claims a change in the system since the country’s independence in 1962. In April 2019, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned after twenty years of rule.