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Parliamentary questions
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11 April 2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Rule 138
Andrea Cozzolino, Maria Arena
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Release of Karim Tabbou and other detainees imprisoned for participating in the peaceful ‘Hirak’ movement

The political dissident Karim Tabbou, one of the figures imprisoned for participating in the peaceful Hirak movement, was due to be released from prison on 25 March 2020. On 24 March, the day before, he was sentenced on appeal to an additional year in prison, under conditions contrary to the right of defence which he enjoys under the laws of his country, Algeria, and its international obligations. This arbitrary verdict caused great consternation in the country and was condemned by his lawyers. Karim Tabbou has not been released from prison. According to the National Committee for the Release of Detainees, at least 173 people are still awaiting trial for participating in the protests. On 4 April, as a measure against the COVID-19 pandemic, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune pardoned 5 037 prisoners whose remaining sentence was twelve months or less. None of the ‘Hirak’ detainees awaiting trial was pardoned under this measure.

What means could you use to put pressure on the Algerian authorities to release the Algerian ‘Hirak’ detainees, given that the criteria of the presidential pardon seem to be equally applicable to them?

Original language of question: FR
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