Algeria court sentences blogger to 10 years in prison

Rights groups have said the conviction stems from a Skype interview Merzoug Touati conducted with an Israeli foreign ministry spokesman in 2017, in which the diplomat denied Algerian authorities’ claims that Israel was involved in anti-government protests at that time. The criminal court in Bejaia, east of Algiers, found 30-year-old Touati guilty of providing “intelligence to agents of a foreign power likely to harm Algeria’s military or diplomatic position or its essential economic interests”, Boubakeur Esseddik Hamaili, Touati’s lawyer, told AFP.

 

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