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Algerian Christian jailed for posting a blasphemous post on Facebook


An Algerian Christian receives imprisonment of one year after being convicted of blasphemy. 34-year-old Algerian Christian Samir Chamek was accused of insulting Islam on the social media platform Facebook. The Christian respondent has expressed determination to move the apex court; seeking revocation of the ruling.

Christian persecution in Algeria

Samir has been awarded an imprisonment of one year for a post he had posted on Facebook. On January 8, Sunday he was convicted by a court in Bouira, Algeria. He has decided to challenge the ruling in the Supreme Court of Algeria.

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Back in December 2015, Bouira Police’s Cyber Crime officials detained him for a post on his page. They claimed that he had posted pictures and comments that are derogatory towards Islam. The officials were said to be detailing his crime as “accusing the prophet Muhammad of terrorism and murder and comparing the prophet to Hitler, mentioning the persecution and massacre of the Jews.”

Followed by his arrest, Samir was released. Samir stated: “I was arrested and taken to the police station, where I was interrogated for nearly five hours. I was asked to open my Facebook page, which I did.”

Christians in Algeria are suppressed by the law. In 22016, ordinance No. 06-03, was introduced which prohibits “public assembly for purposes of practicing a faith other than Islam has created a more restrictive environment for Christians. This affects most Christian places of worship, except for Catholic churches and one Protestant church,” Open Doors reports.