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Algeria : prosecutor requests two-month sentence for newspaper editor and reporter

December 18, 2008

Reporters Without Borders calls on the authorities to withdraw a criminal libel prosecution against the Algiers-based daily El Watan over a 2004 article accusing a "raqui" (faith healer and exorcist) of being a charlatan. A prosecutor requested a two-month prison sentence for the newspaper′s editor, Omar Belhouchet, and one of his reporters, Salima Tlemçani, when they appeared before a court in the Algiers district of Sidi M′hammed today to answer the charge. The faith healer who brought the original libel suit did not turn up for the hearing. The verdict is to be issued on 22 December.

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