Algerian court reduces jail sentence for journalist

AFP , Sunday 8 Nov 2020

Abdelkrim Zeghileche, head of the web-based Radio-Sarbacane, was sentenced in August to two years in prison for "undermining national unity" and "insulting the head of state"

An Algerian journalist on Sunday had his jail term reduced on appeal to one year, including six months behind bars, a prisoners' rights group said.

Abdelkrim Zeghileche, head of the web-based Radio-Sarbacane, was sentenced in August to two years in prison for "undermining national unity" and "insulting the head of state".

He had been accused of posting calls on Facebook to create a new political party, according to his lawyer.

Zeghileche has been in custody since June 24 and is expected to be released at the end of December, prisoners' rights group CNLD said.

During Zeghileche's appeal on October 25, the prosecution had called for his sentence to be increased.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online 

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