EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: MDE 28/03/92
UA 152/92 Death Penalty 8 May 1992
ALGERIA: Noureddine Rahmoune
Sid Ahmed Lahrani
Amnesty International is gravely concerned at the death sentences passed on
Noureddine Rahmoune, Ahmed Fodhil and Sid Ahmed Lahrani in Algeria on Wednesday
6 May 1992. It is appealing for the death sentences to be commuted should they
be confirmed by the Supreme Court.
Noureddine Rahmoune, Ahmed Fodhil and Sid Ahmed Lahrani were sentenced to death
by the military court in Blida. Sid Ahmed Lahrani was sentenced in absentia.
They were convicted in connection with the attack on the Navy headquarters
Amirauté in Algiers in February 1992. Noureddine Rahmoune and Ahmed Fodhil,
both military personnel, were accused of having collaborated with the attackers.
During the attack ten people died.
Other death sentences have recently been passed in Algeria. On 4 May 1992
13 men were sentenced to death, one in absentia, by the military court in Ouargla
after having been convicted of participating in an attack against a border
post in Guemmar, in the north-east of Algeria near the Tunisian border, in
November 1991. During the attack three of the post's defenders were killed
(see UA 146/92, MDE 28/02/92 of 7 May 1992 for further details).
According to Algerian law those sentenced by a military court can apply within
eight days to the Supreme Court for cassation. The Court is competent to review
alleged misapplication of the law. If the death sentences are upheld by the
Supreme Court, executions may not be carried out until a plea for clemency
has been presented to the President and refused.
Amnesty International 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 Rights.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/express and airmail letters
in French or Arabic if possible:
- expressing your concern that the above three people have been sentenced to