3 September 2014

Algeria: To Conceal Crimes of Policemen, a Judge Sentences Mauritanian Citizen, Yusuf Dada, to Two Years in Prison

press release

Cairo — The verdict returned by the judge of Ghardaia Court on Monday, September 1, against Mauritanian young activist "Yusuf Dada", during the appeal of his two-year in prison sentence, is denounced today by the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI).

On Monday September 1, the Ghardaia Court upheld the two-year imprisonment sentence issued against the detained young-man, Yusuf Dada, because of shooting a video about policemen during their involvement in a robbery. Noteworthy, activist Dada was arrested in March 2014 against the backdrop of shooting a video. He was sentenced, last June, to two years in prison and a fine of 100.000 Dinar. The verdict was challenged, however, it was upheld during last Monday hearing. On the other hand, the investigations conducted in both police stations of Al-Assema and Oran didn't deny the robbery and the policemen's involvement in it. Even so, they hadn't been held accountable, but the activist, Yusuf Dada, was arrested instead.

"The arrest of activist "Yusuf Dada" on account of disclosing the truth and shooting a video, which deemed a conclusive proof of the infringements committed by some policemen, is a violation of the right to information in Algeria. Furthermore, this arrest contributes to the recurrence and continuation of such incidents and crimes and, on the other hand, entrenches the impunity policy," ANHRI says.

ANHRI demands from the concerned authorities to release activist Yusuf Dada and whoever is arrested over similar cases. The authorities should arrest the perpetrators of the incident and hold them accountable in order to prevent the recurrence of such happenings once again. ANHRI also calls on the judicial authority with the concerned bodies to stop harassing activists and whoever speaks out the truth, as such an arrest could contribute to the proliferation of violations and crimes as well as the evasion of responsibility and exploiting the positions in the state.

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