Algeria opens inquiry after student alleges torture in custody

The public prosecutor at a court in Algiers ordered an inquiry Sunday after a student alleged security forces had tortured him in custody, a statement said. Walid Nekkiche was arrested on November 26, 2019, in Algiers during a march of students from the Hirak anti-government protest movement, which first launched vast street demonstrations early that year to oppose then-president Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s bid for a fifth term in office. On February 1, during his trial, the 25-year-old, who spent more than a year in administrative detention, said members of the security forces “sexually, physicall…

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