Agence France-PresseMarch 11, 2014 09:48
An Algerian cartoonist, prosecuted over an unpublished drawing poking fun at ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to seek reelection, was acquitted on Tuesday, his lawyer told AFP.
"Djamel Ghanem was acquitted. Justice has been done after all the irregularities there were in this case. I'm very happy," lawyer Youcef Dilem said.
Ghanem was accused at the criminal court in Oran last month of insulting the president, with the prosecution demanding an 18-month prison sentence and a 30,000 dirham (280 euro) fine.