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Algeria: Detention of Bin Haj for Describing Judge as Liar

(July 2, 2008) On June 17, 2008, Ali Bin Haj, the second in command of the banned “Islamic Front for Rescue” in Algeria was temporarily arrested by members of the security force. His son speculated that his father was arrested as a result of describing the public prosecutor of the “Capital Judicial Council” as a liar. Bin Haj uttered the remark while following the prosecution of three individuals accused of being involved in the case of Ahmed Rassam, who is in detention in the United States. At the time, Bin Haj was arrested for a few hours and then released. (Lebanese Government Defends Detention of Officers in Hariri Probe, ASHARQ ALAWSAT, June 18, 2008, available at