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Ahmed Benchemsi arrested in Algiers

The Human Rights Watch Director of Communication for the Middle East and North Africa, Ahmed Benchemsi, was arrested Friday (August 9th) in Algiers.

According to Algerian newspapers, the former Moroccan journalist, who was arrested during the popular mobilization, was taken to a police station in Algiers before being placed in police custody. If the NGO has not yet decided on the arrest, Benchemsi’s lawyer, Abdelghani Badi, is still unaware of whether he will be released or kept for 48 hours.

The media said that Benchemsi was not on official mission in Algiers.

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