48 defendants sentenced to death for a lynching in Kabylie

An Algerian court on Thursday sentenced 49 people to death for the 2021 lynching in Kabylia of a man wrongly accused of arson, but those sentences are expected to be commuted to life in prison due to a moratorium on executions, the media reported. official agency.

The defendants were found guilty of the lynching of Djamel Bensmail, who had volunteered in the village of Larbaa Nath Irathen, in the Tizi Ouzou prefecture (north-east) to help put out fires that left 90 fewer dead a week in August 2021. The media initially reported 48 death sentences, but according to the official APS agency it is 49.

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