49 Algerians sentenced to death for beating to death a man wrongly accused of starting the fire

An Algerian court has sentenced 49 people to death for beating a man to death for allegedly starting a forest fire. The investigation revealed that the girl victim was innocent and had come to put out the fire.

The facts of what happened last year, when Algeria faced a plant fire that killed 90 people BBC.

Murder victim Tjamel Ben Ismail, 38, traveled more than 300 kilometers to take part as a volunteer in fighting fires affecting the Kabyle region, east of the capital Algiers. Before leaving the house, he wrote on Twitter that he was going to help friends battling the flames.

However, shortly after his arrival, locals alleged that he actually started the fire. Several amateur videos showed the man being beaten and tortured before being taken to a public square.

Last year’s fires in Algeria were caused by high temperatures, but officials also said some fires were set deliberately.

Although the death penalty is legal in Algeria, no executions have been carried out here since 1993. The country has signed several bans on the death penalty, so the sentences of 49 convicts are expected to be commuted to life imprisonment.

In the same case, an Algerian court sentenced 28 people to prison terms ranging from two to ten years.

Author: T.R

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