Algerian Opposition Leader Karim Tabbou Arrested

Algerian Opposition Leader Karim Tabbou Arrested

Algiers, May 25 (TNA) Karim Tabbou, the Algerian political opponent and a towering figure of the pro-democracy Hirak movement, has been placed under arrest at his home by the police, media reports say.

Karim Tabbou "was taken into custody in Dely Ibrahim", a district of Algiers, his brother Djaffar posted on his Facebook account, stressing that "the date of his presentation before the public prosecutor" had not been specified, nor the facts that he would be accused of.

On Tuesday evening, Djaffar Tabbou had indicated on social networks, quoting the lawyer Toufik Belala, that his brother "was arrested in Dely Brahim by police officers in civilian clothes". The lawyer, who could not be reached, did not give further details.

Head of a small opposition party not approved by the authorities, the Democratic and Social Union (UDS), Karim Tabbou, 48, is one of the most popular faces of the Hirak, marked by major demonstrations from February 2019 until early 2020. Tabbou was convicted in March 2020 and served a one-year prison sentence for "undermining national security", due to a video on his party's Facebook account where he criticised the army's interference in political affairs.

According to the CNLD (National Committee for the Liberation of Detainees), dozens of people linked to the Hirak or the defence of individual freedoms are still imprisoned in Algeria.

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