Monday, October 19, 2015

Upheaval in Algerian military justice

El Watan reports here on the retirement of 14 Algerian colonels who had been serving as prosecutors and judges in the military courts. The retirements would have happened sooner or later in any event, but sources say they are connected to an incident in which shots were fired at a presidential residence and a lieutenant was sentenced to three years in prison for violating military orders and wasting ammunition and six other soldiers were released. In addition, the chief of military justice was recently sacked and replaced by a senior gendarmerie official. Heads are rolling, presumably because harsher steps were not taken.

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