49 death sentences after a lynching during the Kabylia fires in 2021
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In August 2021, a man, wrongly suspected of being an arsonist, was lynched by a mob in Kabylia. The region was then devastated by fires that killed dozens in less than a week. A hundred people, detained in various regions of the country, were prosecuted. The court issued its verdict on Thursday, November 24.
Video clips are projected in the courtroom during the trial. Images of the lynching of Djamel Bensmail… disseminated by the defendant on social networks, at the time of the events.
In August 2021, this 38-year-old man volunteered to help put out the forest fires that lay waste to kabylia. He goes to the police because he learns that he is suspected of starting a fire. The crowd grabs him. He is beaten, burned alive. Young people take selfies in front of his body.
” premeditated intentional homicide »
The case causes a wave of emotion in Algeria. Several human rights organizations say they are appalled and call on the Algerian authorities not to let this violence go unpunished. A hundred people are being prosecuted for “intentional homicide”, but also “ terrorist and subversive acts against the State and national unity”.
On Thursday, the Dar El Beïda court handed down its decision: 49 were sentenced to death, 28 to between 2 and 10 years in prison, 17 were acquitted. Since the death penalty has not been applied for almost 30 years in Algeria, they should be commuted to life imprisonment.