These arrests occurred during the preparation stage of the early legislative elections, which should have brought new legitimacy to the regime, but they were rejected by the protest movement Hirak and some opposition groups.
Agence France-Presse learned that the opposition Karim Tabbou, Chirac figures in Algeria, and Ihsane El Kadi, the director of a radio station close to the democratic movement, are legislating Arrested on the eve of the election. June 10th, Thursday, with their entourage.
“#Karim_Tabbou was arrested near his house”, His brother Djafar wrote on his Facebook page. Ihsane El Kadi, Head of Radio M Radio and News Site, Radio Algeria Maghreb emergency, Was also arrested, according to the website Kasbah Tribune.
Karim Tabbou, 47, was released under judicial supervision on April 29 after a dispute with Bouzid Lazhari, the chairman of the official National Human Rights Commission. Mr. Tabbou was imprisoned from September 2019 to July 2020 and was a very popular face in the anti-government protest Hirak launched in February 2019.
As for Ihsane El Kadi, he was placed under judicial supervision on May 18.He was accused “Dissemination of false information that may undermine national unity”, From “Election Interruption” with “Reopening the National Disaster File” The 1990s. The last accusation refers to the “Charter of Peace and Reconciliation”, which should have turned a page in the “Black Decade” (1991-2002) civil war.
According to judicial review, the two men were prohibited from speaking to the press. These arrests took place 48 hours before the early legislative elections. They were supposed to bring new legitimacy to the regime, but they were rejected by Chirac and some opposition parties in the context of widespread repression.