The well-known 53-year-old researcher Saïd Djabelkhir was sentenced to 3 years in prison. He promised to continue the struggle for “freedom of conscience.”
smallAïd Djabelkhir will go to jail for “violating Islamic teachings”. On Thursday, April 22, a court in Algiers sentenced the 53-year-old famous Algerian Islamist to 3 years in prison. The severe sentence “shocked” one of his lawyers.E Moumen Chadi. The latter condemned a technical flaw: “There is no evidence. The file is empty. We are waiting for release. Researchers who specialize in Sufism let him know that he will continue his “struggle for freedom of conscience.”
When he was challenged when he left the court, Saïd Djabelkhir was also surprised by the weight of the sentence. He told AFP that he would appeal and file an appeal if necessary. However, he was not placed under a detention order. “We have the misfortune of conducting research in Algeria. But this is a struggle that must continue for freedom of conscience, freedom of opinion and freedom of speech,” he pleaded.
Sufi expert Said Jabek Hill insisted: “Fighting for freedom of conscience is non-negotiable.” Sufi experts are a mysterious and esoteric Islamic trend. He graduated from Islamic science and is the author of two famous books related to religion. He was prosecuted by seven lawyers and another scholar for “insulting the precepts of Islam and Muslim rituals,” and he could face up to five years in prison. Jebek Hill said that writing sheep’s head sacrifices is a Muslim tradition, which existed before Islam, and criticized certain customs, such as the marriage of adolescent girls in certain Muslim societies, and therefore received widespread criticism.
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Algerian law punishes 3 to 5 years’ imprisonment and/or fines for “offending the prophet or denying the teachings of Islam in writing, drawing, declaration or any other means”. In the trial on April 1, Islamologists defended themselves against “attacking Islam” (the state religion of Algeria) to ensure that he was only participating in “academic reflection” and accused him of “being incompetent in matters” “religion. “
In a recent interview with Agence France-Presse, he estimated that “a new reflection on the founding texts of Islam is necessary. This is a very huge effort, because traditional readings no longer meet the expectations, needs and problems of’modern people’.” Hobbit [qui se réclament d’un courant rigoriste de l’islam, NDLR]The Salafists want to impose Muslim readings on Muslims. This is an absolute truth. This is my way of constantly fighting through my writings,” Saïd Djabelkhir explained. He has always been the core of religious controversy, the fundamentalist view of Islam.
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His lawyer argued in court that the complaint against him was inadmissible because it came from an individual and not the prosecutor. The defense also warned against “violating the regulations” in this trial, which will turn the court into a “space for religious debate.” Since the beginning of the case, Said Djabelkhir has won the support of many Algerian colleagues and politicians. But his trial split. Supporters of the case have been working hard to make the transcript of the statement available online. On the contrary, his critics accused him of ruining the Quran and the five pillars of Islam, such as Haji, the pilgrim who made a pilgrimage to Mecca.