EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: MDE 28/02/93
12 January 1993
Further information on UA 152/92 (MDE 28/03/92, 8 May 1992) and follow-up MDE
28/06/92, 30 October 1992 - Death Penalty
Sid Ahmed Lahrani
Amnesty International deeply regrets the execution of Noureddine Rahmoun and
Ahmed Fodhil on 11 January 1992. The two men, both military personnel, were
sentenced to death in May 1992 by the military court in Blida for participating
in an attack on the Amirauté (Navy headquarters) in Algiers in February 1992.
The death sentences were confirmed by the Supreme Court in October 1992.
The case of Sid Ahmed Lahrani, who was also sentenced to death in absentia
at the same time, appears not to have been reviewed yet by the Supreme Court.
Under Algerian law, those convicted by the military court may apply to the
Supreme Court for review by cassation, a procedure which concerns only alleged
misapplication of the law, not facts. If the death sentences are upheld by
the Supreme Court, executions may only be carried out after a plea for clemency
has been presented to the President of the Republic and refused.
These are the first executions known to have been carried out in Algeria since
1989. Forty-eight death sentences have been imposed over the last year,
bringing the number of those said now to be on death row to over 120.
Amnesty International recognises the right of governments to bring to justice
and to punish those responsible for criminal offences such as those mentioned
above but opposes the death penalty in all cases as a violation of the right
to life and the right not to be subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading
treatment. and punishment, as proclaimed by the Universal Declaration of Human
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters in French, Arabic, English or in your own language:
- expressing deep regret at the execution of Noureddine Rahmoune and Ahmed
- expressing regret that, with these executions, Algeria has carried out its
first death penalty of over three years;
- reiterating that Amnesty International unconditionally opposes the death
penalty in all cases as the ultimate form of cruel, inhuman or degrading
- urging that all death sentences be commuted and that steps be taken towards
the abolition of the death penalty in Algeria.