Algeria sentences journalist to year in jail over demo

Adlene Mellah heads the news websites Algerie Direct and Dzair Presse. (Courtesy: Algerie Direct)
Updated 26 December 2018
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Algeria sentences journalist to year in jail over demo

  • Adlene Mellah heads the news websites Algerie Direct and Dzair Presse
  • He was accused of taking part in an illegal protest and incitement to demonstrate

Algiers: An Algerian court on Tuesday sentenced a journalist to one year in jail for taking part in an illegal protest, his lawyer said.
Adlene Mellah, who heads the news websites Algerie Direct and Dzair Presse, was arrested on December 9 for participating in a rally of solidarity for a singer who has been jailed since October.
He was accused of taking part in an illegal protest and incitement to demonstrate, the lawyer Abdel Ghani Badi told AFP, adding that he would appeal the sentence.
"I am shocked to see Algerian citizens accused of unlawful protests in 2018 when the right to demonstrate is guaranteed by the constitution," the lawyer said.
Last week the state prosecutor demanded Mellah be jailed for three years.
Mellah is due to appear in court on February 7 in another case in which he is accused of "bribery, defamation and violation of privacy", according to his lawyers.


Al-Qaeda leader killed in operation in Sabha: Libyan army

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Al-Qaeda leader killed in operation in Sabha: Libyan army

LONDON: An Al-Qaeda leader known as “Abu Talha Al-Libi” has been killed in an operation in Sabha, southern Libya, the Libyan National Army said Friday. 

Earlier on Wednesday, the forces of Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar announced a military operation to "purge" extremists and criminal gangs from the south of the conflict-hit nation.
A spokesman for the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) said its fighters had advanced in "several regions in the south" from an airbase some 650 kilometres (400 miles) from the capital Tripoli.
The aim is to "assure security for inhabitants in the south-west from terrorists, be they the Islamic State group or Al-Qaeda, as well as criminal gangs," spokesman Ahmed Al-Mesmari said.
The LNA said it was also looking to secure petroleum facilities and tackle flows of clandestine migrants heading northwards to the Mediterranean coast.
It called on armed groups in the target area, mainly made up of tribal fighters, to withdraw from military and civilian installations.
Military sources told AFP that numerous LNA units had taken up positions in recent days around the region's main city of Sabha.
Libya has been torn between rival administrations and a myriad of militias since the NATO-backed overthrow and killing of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011.
Haftar supports an administration in the east of the country that is opposed to the internationally backed Government of National Accord in Tripoli.
The chaos has seen extremists and people traffickers gain a foothold in the south of the country.
Daesh has carried out repeated attacks across the country, targeting both Haftar's forces and the rival Tripoli-based authorities.