A cartoonist critical of the regime was sentenced Wednesday to one year in prison, including three months, said the National Committee for the release of detainees (CNLD) on his Facebook account.
This association, which identifies and defends those arrested in the framework of the protest movement of the regime that has agitated Algeria since February 22, gives no further details in the immediate future.
Abdelhamid Amine, known as « Nime », a painter and cartoonist, has been in custody since 28 November. According to the CNLD, the prosecutor’s office of Oran (350 km west of Algiers) had requested on December 5 18 months imprisonment against him for « undermining the morale of the army » and « undermining the integrity of the territory « , for two tables published on his Twitter account @Nime_BD.
The drawing entitled « The Elu » shows the current strong man of Algeria, General Ahmed Gaïd Salah, Chief of Staff of the army, kneeling on the ground, passing a shoe of vair at the foot of the former Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune, presidential candidate of December 12 – rejected by the challenge – under the eyes of four other applicants.
« Until the end »
In the background, one can distinguish, spectral, the deposed president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, forced to resign by the street in April, after 20 years at the head of the state.
Another drawing entitled « To the end » shows General Gaïd Salah, Acting President Abdelkader Bensalah and Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui as musicians playing on the deck of a sinking ship.
According to the CNLD, more than 140 protesters, activists, artists or journalists have been arrested since June and the hardening of the Hirak on the part of the government, in the hands of the military high command since the resignation in April of Bouteflika , under the pressure of the challenge.