According to several Algerian media, Justice ordered Sunday, August 18, 2019, the expulsion of Ahmed Reda Benchemsi.
These same sources claim that he entered the Algerian territory “without any official authorization to act as representative of the American organization Human Rights Watch”.
The first results of the investigation indicate that the presence of Ahmed Reda Benchemsi in Algeria “is part of an agenda to infiltrate the “popular movement ” that shakes the country,” said media.
Arrested Friday (9 August) in Algiers, Human Rights Watch’s director of communication for the Middle East and North Africa, Ahmed Benchemsi, was released “at night, around midnight”, after several hours of investigation, which quotes a “source close to the interested party”.
The founder and former director of Telquel magazine was arrested during the popular mobilization and was taken to a police station in Algiers before being placed in police custody.