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He believes Khaled Nezzar, defence minister at the time, must be held accountable. You have published a damning indictment of torture and you are one of the plaintiffs who brought a suit against him in France in April Why Nezzar exactly? He was therefore the most senior ranking politician and military man.
Nezzar has never denied such goings-on which were all the work of institutions and officials that he was in charge of, especially the army. Which makes him responsible. Nobody even knew I was working on the book until a week ago. I actually started writing in detention. I wanted to bring out to tell public opinion just who this man is and the court case will help me inform people about went on all those years I spent in detention.
I was held without charge and tortured for four years. But I was in prison at the time. At the same time FIS leaders like El Hachemi Sahnouni met and talked to terrorist in the mountains, but nobody ever bothered them. Why is what I want to know. One of the three plaintiffs in the torture case against Nezzar, Abdelouahab Boukezouha, pulled out after his son was arrested in Algiers. What do you think? No comment. You were released six years ago.
Why have you waited so long to speak out about torture? I only took me five months to file a suit against Nezzar…You know everyone knows what goes on in Algeria and I believe there is a conspiracy of silence between states.
There have been , deaths, there has been torture, disappearances. Look at all the missing people. In Algiers their relatives demonstrate in the street. Most of them were tortured, then executed for fear they would talk, and everybody knows that went on.
In your book you talk about how you were arrested a second time five years after you were tortured. I was arrested in and taken to a police station the Belouizdad neighbourhood of Algiers. I braced myself for some tough treatment, but the police commissioner was a woman. She just listened to me and heard me out. She was fair and she released me. I would never have imagined that you could find someone like that in a police station.
His father was in the next cell. The policeman had tried to get him to tell them where his brother was, they suspected him of being a terrorist. But not his kid, he was innocent. If that woman had been there, things would have been different.
What has become of the other detainees in the Saharan prison camps and Blida Prison? One of them, Ahmed Bouamra [former soldier turned Islamist guerrilla leader], was taken way at Blida and we never saw him again. Eight others went underground on their release and probably joined some armed group. AW publications. Skip to content Articles. Interviewed by Djamel Benramdane. Remember le 5 octobre et la suite photo.
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