Contrary to the expectations of the families of the prisoners, the measure of appeasement of the presidential pardon of July 5 affected only very few prisoners of conscience.
According to the National Committee for the Liberation of Detainees (CNLD); only seven prisoners of conscience were released following the pardon of President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, granted on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Algeria’s independence.
Indeed, it is about Lyes Sellidj from Algiers; Feteh Kassed from Tizi Ouzou; Abdelkader Belaarbi from Tlemcen; Belaid Abderrezak from Guelma; Omar Boudjemaa from M’sila; Yahia Semache and Massi Rezig from Bouira.
More than 15,000 other prisoners released
In addition to the release of seven prisoners of conscience; President Tebboune’s presidential pardon affected more than 15,000 prisoners from several categories of convicts.
The first category concerns detainees definitively sentenced in cases of fraud and resale of stolen objects and use of social networks for subversive purposes. Prisoners under the age of 65 received an 18-month sentence reduction. As for prisoners over the age of 65, they benefited from a remission of sentence of 2 years (24 months).
The second category concerns prisoners who have been definitively sentenced to death/life. The latter saw their convictions drop to 20 years in prison. Note that murderers are not affected by this grace.
As regards the third category, prisoners suffering from serious illnesses (cancer and kidney failure). These detainees, sentenced definitively, will benefit from a remission of sentence of two years (24 months).
As for the fourth category, it concerns definitively sentenced prisoners who have passed the BEM and BAC exams, but also vocational training diplomas. The latter will benefit from a remission of sentence of 2 years, or 24 months.