Algeria Sufism expert Said Djabelkhir sentenced to three years in jail for 'offending Islam'
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An Algerian academic has been sentenced to three years in jail and fined 50,000 dinars ($375) after judges found him guilty of blasphemy. Said Djabelkhir, one of the world’s foremost experts on Sufism, was charged in February with “mocking religion and the rituals of Islam” after a complaint from an academic and lawyers. Djabelkhir, who has been released on bail, argued during the trial that his thoughts were “academic reflections” and pledged to appeal the court’s verdict. “The fight for freedom of conscience is non-negotiable,” he told AFP. “It is a fight which must continue.” His lawyer, Mo…

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