Algerian activist fined for insulting officer

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Associated Press

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 12:33 PM

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The lawyer for a leading Algerian human rights activist says his client has been convicted of insulting and verbally attacking police and given a six month suspended sentence with a €100 ($129.58) fine.

Amine Sidhoum said Monday he would appeal the verdict because the charge was without foundation.

Yacine Zaid was stopped at a road block in Ouargla, 700 kilometers (435 miles) south of the capital on Oct. 1. Police accused him of being insulting and showing lack of respect.

His lawyer said he was punched and beaten during the arrest.

Zaid, a well-known blogger, is a member of the Algerian League for the Defense of Human Rights. He was briefly detained in Algiers on Sept. 25 after a rally for another human rights militant on a hunger strike.

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