Released Algerian journalist now faces charges of 'offending' head of state

An Algerian journalist was released from prison on Wednesday only to return directly to court for hearings in two other cases, an activist group said. Abdelkrim Zeghileche, head of the web-based Radio Sarbacane, was arrested in June and was last month given a 12-month sentence, including six months behind bars, for “insulting the head of state” and “undermining national unity”, according to the CNLD prisoners’ rights group. Having served the required six months, he was freed on Wednesday only to appear in court on prosecution-led appeals in two additional cases. “Abdelkrim Zeghileche is free. …

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