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Algeria: Khaled Drareni speaks from his cell


#Algerian journalist #Khaled #Drareni, sentenced to two years in prison for covering the #Hirak protests, spoke publicly from his cell to send a message to people who support him and talk about his conditions of detention at the prison of #Koléa.

“I greet and thank all those who are in solidarity with me, whether here in #Algeria, or elsewhere in the world, I have a strong morale, and this since my birth. #It is neither the prison of #El #Harrach in which I spent a single night, nor that of #Koléa where I have been for nine months, which will demoralize me ”, he maintained, sending a message to the #Algerian power which keeps him in prison to prevent him from expressing himself.

#Khaled #Drareni was arrested in #March on the sidelines of a #Hirak demonstration for which he was providing media coverage. #He was sentenced on #September 15, on appeal, to two years in prison for “inciting unarmed assembly” and “undermining national unity”. #Nearly 300 political and opinion prisoners have been behind bars in #Algeria since 2019, the start of the popular protest.

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“#Your empathy and support, whether it is for me, or for the rest of the prisoners of conscience who are in the four corners of the country, your attachment to this fight which is that of the freedom of the press, represents for me a medal of honor, a distinction which will remain engraved in my memory and my heart ”, he said at the time when his state of health worries and several calls for his release were launched even internationally by the #European #Parliament in particular and NGOs for the defense of human rights.

#According to lawyers for the journalist, correspondent for the #French television channel TV5 #Monde, his state of health is deteriorating and is worrying.

#Her lawyer, #Nabila #Smail, told TSA that #Khaled #Drareni “thinks the food is terrible. #He also complains about the cold. #For three months, he has been deprived of newspapers. #Books relating to the #Penal #Code and the #Constitution, although available in the prison library, are refused to him ”.

#Also detained in #Koléa prison, businessman #Rachid #Nekkaz, who had returned to #Algeria from #France, to run for the presidential election against #Abdelaziz #Bouteflika (his application file was not validated by the authorities) complained about the conditions of detention, in particular the food served.

“#For three months, we have not eaten meat, chicken, dessert, seasonal fruit, or yogurt in #Koléa prison”, wrote #Rachid #Nekkaz in an open letter to the #Algerian #Minister of #Justice #Belkacem #Zeghmati, posted on his #Facebook profile.

#He explains, “by way of example, during these last nine days, we ‘savored’ four times lentils and four times beans as in times of war”, and indicated that the 4,000 prisoners of #Koléa complained of no longer able to receive food baskets from their families due to restrictions due to the coronavirus.





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