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    Algiers - An Algerian court sentenced three Islamists to death in absentia for armed robbery and belonging to a terrorist group, the regional Le Quotidien d'Oran reported on Sunday.

    The sentence was delivered on Saturday in the eastern Algerian city of Tizi Ouzou.

    But Algeria's last execution dates back more than a decade - against seven armed Islamists, in 1993, for a terrorist attack against Algiers airport that killed nine people.

    The attack was part of more than a decade of conflict pitting Islamist rebels against Algeria's military-backed government that killed up to 200 000.

    A peace and reconciliation charter adopted last year pardons those Islamists not implicated in rape and blood crimes who turned themselves in by August.

    More than 2 200 Islamists held on terrorist charges were freed, and another 300 turned themselves in, since the charter went into effect in February, according to official statistics.

    Algeria sentences Islamists to death

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    (ANSA)-ALGERI, 27 FEB- Un tribunale algerino ha condannato a morte in contumacia 25 terroristi. Sono dello GSPC, l'organizzazione di al Qaida per il Maghreb islamico. La ripresa dei processi giunge dopo la promulgazione della Carta per la riconciliazione nazionale, che ha rimesso in liberta' 3.000 persone in carcere per terrorismo. Altro atteso processo e' quello a Hassan Hattab, latitante e favorevole della Carta, pronto a deporre le armi.

    Algeria: 25 condannati a morte


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      The criminal court of Batna (East of Algiers) yesterday sentenced to death in absentia Hassan Hattab former Emir of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) and Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the current leader of the ninth region within the same group, and 25 other terrorists.

      It is noteworthy that these sentences are considered to be the first ones against terrorists’ chiefs since the end of the deadlines of the reconciliation charter by the end of August 2006.

      Both Hattab and Belmokhtar and other terrorists belong to the same group that was active within the fifth region (East) and had been accused of “forming an armed terrorist group using conspiracy to harm the national security, premeditated murder, theft and arm-carrying.

      During the raking periods to areas where terrorists had taken refuge, the army forces have found a document listing 64 terrorists among whom were names belonging to the Islamic Army for Salvation (AIS) and who have benefited from a presidential amnesty according to civil concord measures.

      This file comes at the eve of the trial of Salafist Groups' chiefs Ammari Saifi alias Abderrezak El-Para whose trial is starting today at Algiers Criminal Court besides the trial of Hassan Hattab alias “Abu Hamza” and Mokhtar Belmokhtar alias “Khaled Abu Elabbes”.

      The case is scheduled within the current criminal session in a number of courts, including Algiers' ones.


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        ALGIERS, March 18 (Reuters) - An Algerian court has sentenced to death in absentia two former leaders of an al Qaeda-aligned rebel group for forming "an armed terrorist group" and carrying out attacks, state radio said on Sunday.

        Hassan Hattab, former leader of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) and Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a senior member of the same armed movement, were condemned to death on Saturday at a court in Batna province, 430 km (270 miles) east of the capital Algiers, the radio said.

        The GSPC this year renamed itself al Qaeda Organisation in the Islamic Maghreb to boost its links to al Qaeda.

        Hattab and Belmokhtar were among 27 Islamist militants sentenced to death at the Saturday session for "forming an armed terorist group and possession of weapons" and carrying out armed attacks, the radio said.

        It was not immediately clear whether the 25 others were present in court or, like Hattab and Belmokhtar, on the run.

        State media have said Belmokhtar joined the GSPC through his role as a leader of a smuggling group operating in Algeria's Sahara desert and in neighbouring Mali, Niger and Libya.

        Newspapers have said Hattab had been trying to negotiate a surrender under an amnesty last year that gave immunity to any rebel who gives himself up provided he did not take part in massacres, rape or bombings of public places.

        Hundreds surrendered between February 28 last year, when the measure came into force, and its expiry at the end of August.

        But experts estimate hundreds more diehard rebels are still fighting, mostly belonging to the al Qaeda Organisation in the Islamic Maghreb.

        Founded in 1998, the GSPC began as an offshoot of another armed group that was waging an armed revolt to establish an Islamic state. The revolt began in 1992 after the army-backed authorities, fearing an Iran-style revolution, scrapped a parliamentary election that an Islamist party was set to win.

        Up to 200,000 people were killed in the ensuing bloodshed.

        Several death penalties have been issued over the past years but no execution has taken place in the North African country since 1993.


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          (ANSA)-ALGERI, 22 MAR- L'attuale emiro (capo) di Al Qaida per il Maghreb islamico e altri 7 terroristi sono stati condannati a morte in contumacia oggi a Tizi-Ouzou. Abdelmalek Deroukdal e' un ex capo del Gspc, gruppo salafita per la predicazione e il combattimento. Altri 12 emiri, anch'essi latitanti, sono stati condannati alla pena capitale dal tribunale di Skikda, per una serie di attentati. La pena di morte non e' stata abolita in Algeria, ma l'ultima esecuzione risale al 1993.


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            ALGIERS, Algeria: An Algerian court convicted and sentenced to death a man considered to be the country's top terrorist and seven cohorts — all tried in absentia this week, the daily newspaper Liberte reported Thursday.

            The French-language daily reported that Abdelmalek Dourkdel, who heads the Salafist Group for Call and Combat, or GSPC, was convicted Wednesday by the criminal court in Tizi Ouzou, in the Kabyle region east of the capital, where Islamic militants often operate.

            The report could not be immediately confirmed.

            Under the watch of Dourkdel, who is also known as Abou Mossaad Abd el-Woudoud, the GSPC has officially become linked to al-Qaida. It is the only Islamic insurgency group in the North African nation with sufficient organization and operational skills to continue its offensive against the government.

            The eight, including Dourkdel, were convicted of forming an armed group, destruction of public property with explosives and attempted theft, Liberte reported.

            Algeria has not executed anyone since 1991, but the sentence would be a significant symbol of the effort, now led by security forces, to stamp out the GSPC.

            In September, al-Qaida's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, announced the "blessed union" with the GSPC in a video posted on the Internet to mark the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States. The al-Qaida-allied group then changed its name to al-Qaida in Islamic North Africa, although it still is referred to here as the GSPC.

            The group was formed in 1998 as a dissident arm of the radical Armed Islamic Group, and under then-leader Hassan Hattab it targeted police and soldiers. It radicalized with the ouster of Hattab.

            The GSPC has refused an amnesty of insurgents offered by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

            In the early hours of February 13, seven coordinated car bombs exploded in four Kabylie towns, killing six people and injuring 30. The attack came as part of a recent upsurge in GSPC violence in the region.

            Islamic extremists killed a Russian engineer and three Algerians in a March 3 bombing of a bus carrying workers for a Russian company. A December attack targeting a bus carrying foreign employees of an affiliate of oil services company Halliburton near Algiers killed an Algerian and a Lebanese citizen and rattled expatriates.

            The GSPC, using the name al-Qaida in Islamic North Africa, claimed responsibility for both attacks.


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              The al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb leader Abdelmalek Droukdel and seven other members of the terrorist organisation were sentenced to death in absentia by the court in Tizi-Ouzou, Liberte reported on Thursday (March 22nd). Droukdel, also known as Abou Mossaad Abd el-Woudoud, reportedly supervised the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC)'s transformation into an al-Qaeda organisation. The suspected terrorists were charged with establishing an armed gang, destruction of public property with explosives and attempted robbery. According to El Khabar, the tribunal in Skikda sentenced in absentia twelve other former GSPC leaders still in hiding, to capital punishment for terror attacks carried out in the eastern part of the country. A number of trials started in Algerian courts in early March, a year after an amnesty was announced for terrorists ready to lay down arms under the Charter for Peace and National Reconciliation.


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                Algiers - A court in Algeria sentenced five kidnappers to death in absentia on Sunday, the Algerian news agency APS reported.

                The court in the northern Kabylie region found the gang guilty of kidnapping Mahdi B, the son of a wealthy fish trader from Dellys in the Boumerdes region, 50km east of Algiers.

                The court heard how Mahdi B had been on his way to the neighbouring town of Tizi Ouzou to buy fish when he fell into a trap laid by an armed Islamist group as he was leaving Dellys.

                The hostage was freed the next day after his father paid a ransom of 5,5-million dinars (about R580 000).


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                  Mercredi 28 Mars 2007 -- Trois émirs de katibat (phalanges) affiliées à l’organisation terroriste du GIA ont été condamnés, hier, par le tribunal criminel près la cour d’Alger à la peine capitale. Les trois terroristes ont été reconnus coupables “d’appartenance à une organisation terroriste, d’assassinats, de sabotages et d’atteinte à la sûreté de l’Etat”.

                  Parmi les trois accusés, figure l’émir de la phalange d’Errahma connu sous le sobriquet de Haidara, ayant eu sous ses ordres “une cinquantaine d’éléments ayant participé à plusieurs assassinats et autres embuscades ciblant des éléments de l’ANP et des services de sécurité”. C’est cet ex-émir, qu’il l’a reconnu hier devant le tribunal criminel, en déclarant : “J’ai rejoint le GIA en 1993 au niveau de djebel Ghezel dans la région de Chlef, avant de rejoindre le massif forestier de Oued Romane”. Haidara, de son vrai nom, Zelita Mayssoum, arrêté à la fin de l’année 2005 avec les deux autres accusés, en l’occurrence Kouri Djilali émir de la katiba Enasr et Antar Ali, a reconnu la quasi-totalité des chefs d’inculpation contenus dans l’arrêt de renvoi de la chambre d’accusation. “Avec ma katiba, j’ai participé à l’attaque contre une unité de l’ANP dans la région de Ténès où nous avions récupéré vingt-sept kalachnikovs”, a-t-il déclaré. Ce chef terroriste arrêté par les forces de sécurité sur les monts forestiers de Tamezguida dans la région de Médéa, au lendemain de son retour d’une “importante réunion des émirs des phalanges du GIA, qui a vu l’intronisation d’un nouvel émir national à la tête de cette organisation terroriste”, a indiqué également avoir participé “à une embuscade tendue en 1995 dans la région de Chlef contre un convoi de l’ANP et qui avait coûté la vie à une quarantaine de militaires”.

                  Reconnu coupable de plusieurs massacres, viols et assassinats perpétrés dans les régions de Chlef et Mostaganem, l’ex-émir de la katiba Errahma a porté à la connaissance du tribunal criminel : “J’ai rejoint le maquis de Oued Romane à l’âge de vingt ans. Deux années après, soit en 1995, je suis intronisé à la tête d’une katiba, en l’occurrence celle d’Errahma, alors qu’auparavant j’étais à la tête d’une section (Zemra) dénommée El Forkane”. Haidara a nié toutefois, avoir participé à la tentative d’assassinat contre le wali de Tiaret ou encore l’embuscade terroriste qui a coûté la vie à celui de Tissemsilt. Il avouera à la présidente du tribunal “le GIA percevait de l’argent de l’étranger”. Un argent destiné selon lui “aux élements du GIA pour s’approvisionner en armes et en munitions”. L’autre émir du GIA, répondant au nom de Kouri Djilali à la tête de katiba Enasr a indiqué aux membres du jury du tribunal criminel que “j’ai rejoint le maquis à l’âge de quatorze ans et mon arrestation a eu lieu en 2005.” Selon lui, il n’a commis aucun crime. “Je n’ai assuré que la garde, je n’ai pas participé aux massacres”, a-t-il souligné au grand étonnement des membres du jury qui lui rappellent pour la énième fois les propos tenus devant le juge d’instruction. Des propos identiques tenus par Antar Ali, l’autre mis en cause par la justice, qui a reconnu que “son arrestation est intervenue au même moment que celle des deux autres émirs”. Il est à noter que le représentant du ministère public a requis, lors de sa plaidoirie, la peine capitale, indiquant que les trois accusés sont reconnus coupables de crimes contre l’humanité.


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                      ALGIERS, April 23 (KUNA) -- An Algerian court has sentenced a 33-year terrorist to capital punishment for involvement in murder and links to a terrorist group in Tlemcen Province.

                      The terrorist was arrested on July 28th, 2006 in possession of a Kalashnikov, 43 bullets, an improvised grenade and a first-aid bag, an Algerian judicial source was quoted as saying here Monday.

                      During the investigation, the terrorist admitted that he was instructed by the terrorist group's leader in Tlemcen Province to carry out terrorist activities, including the assassination of several Algerian security officers and civilians, abduction and raping of women and seizure of private property.

                      Having capitalized on such weighty information snatched from the terrorist, Algerian security forces managed to discover several hideouts and hunt terrorist elements in the western region of Algeria.

                      Another five terrorists were sentenced to three years in prison in connection with the same case for having provided support for armed groups in Algeria.


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                              Lundi 11 juin 2007 -- Une série de condamnations a été prononcée hier par la cour criminelle de Boumerdès à l’encontre d’une dizaine de terroristes ayant provoqué terreur et massacres dans différentes régions et localités de la wilaya. La justice a été intransigeante dans certains cas, infligeant de lourdes condamnations.

                              C’est le cas pour le redoutable «émir» de la seriat du GSPC activant entre Boudouaou et Keddara qui a été condamné par contumace à la peine capitale. Il s’agit de l’«émir» Bouzegza, connu pour être derrière plusieurs actes terroristes dont le dernier fut l’assassinat d’un imam.

                              Un autre terroriste dénommé Daoud, originaire de Dellys, a été condamné à vingt ans de réclusion criminelle. L’audience d’hier a été réservée spécialement pour le jugement de six affaires liées au terrorisme. Le terroriste répondant au nom de Merah a été condamné également à vingt ans de prison ferme.

                              Selon les indications fournies par le tribunal, Merah est connu pour son appartenance à un groupe de soutien aux terroristes. Il est également l’auteur du kidnapping d’un commerçant de Thénia qui a été séquestré pendant une semaine, tandis qu’un autre terroriste, toujours en fuite, a été condamné à perpétuité.

                              Le nommé Chabouni, également en fuite, a, quant à lui, été condamné à perpétuité. Pour vol et menace de mort, l’adjoint de l’«émir» de la seriat de Thénia a écopé d’une peine de vingt ans de prison ferme.


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