Algerian activist dies in prison after 50 days of hunger strike

Activist Kameleddine Fekhar

An Algerian human rights campaigner and Mozabite Berber activist died in pre-trial detention on Tuesday, his lawyer said, accusing judicial authorities of causing his death.

Kameleddine Fekhar’s lawyer condemned the authorities following his client’s death saying he had endured great suffering and neglect behind bars. 

Released in July 2017 after serving two years in prison for public order offences, Kamel Eddine Fekhar was re-arrested in late March for “attacks on institutions”.

Mr Fekhar died after being taken to hospital in a critical condition. 

Algeria’s League for the Defence of Human Rights has said it wants the “truth about the death” to be investigated, AFP news agency reports. Amnesty International has also called for an investigation.

He was placed in detention in Ghardaia, some 480 kilometres (300 miles) south of the capital Algiers.

He started his hunger strike more than 50 days ago.

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