Monday, November 23, 2015

Will this hearing be open or closed?

The case of former Algerian counter-terrorism chief Abdelkader Ait-Ouarabi, also known as General Hassan, will be coming on for hearing in a military court on November 26, 2015. The immediate issue is whether it will be open to the public and the media or conducted behind closed doors. The Algerian military justice code adopts the civilian code of criminal procedure, which permits closure only when an open hearing would endanger public order or morals.  According to this report in Liberté, defense counseMokrane Aït Larbi argues that the hearing must be open to the public. The court will decide. Background on the case appears here and here.

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