Le Matin Algérien is very critical of General Hassan's conviction by the Oran military tribunal. The paper qualifies the entire affair as a blatant injustice, the result of political machinations by the ruling oligarchy.
Retired in September 2013, General-Major Hassan was arrested late in the evening of September 4, 2015. He was accused of insubordination, creation of an armed force, unauthorized retention of privileged information, and unauthorized possession of weapons. While awaiting trial, he was confined to the military prison in Blida and was denied access to counsel for over a month.