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Oran prosecution appealed against the acquittal of cartoonist Ghanem


The plaintiff and the prosecution of Oran (west of Algeria) have appealed against the recent release of the cartoonist Djamel Ghanem who was prosecuted for insulting the President of the Republic, according to his lawyer.

"There will be an appeal before the Court of Oran but the date has not yet been decided," said lawyer Youcef Dilem to the press.

The Oran criminal court had acquitted on 11 March Djamel Ghanem who risked 18 months in prison for an unpublished drawing lampooning Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Ghanem was prosecuted following a complaint of his own employer; the regional daily ‘La Voix de l’Oranie’, for a drawing to be published in September 30, 2013 but ultimately was never published.

The offending cartoon was referring to a fourth mandate of Bouteflika, weakened by health problems.

Ghanem himself filed a complaint against ‘Voice of Oran’ Daily for seven years unpaid wages, but this case will be considered once the criminal case closed, according to the lawyer.

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