The Brother and Others
Mohamed Mediene. Mediene is known Toufik — a name that once made Algerians tremble.
The trial was chaotic. Tartag, who worked directly under the president, refused to leave his cell. The charges centered on March meetings between the three and the leader of the leftist Workers Party, Louisa Hanoune, as pressure mounted on President Bouteflika, who was seeking a fifth mandate despite infirmities following a stroke.
Some feared they were plotting to fire powerful army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah, who sided with the protesters. All four were sentenced to 15 years in prison, the news reports said. Two others were convicted to 20 years of prison in absentia.
ECtHR renders judgment in Big Brother Watch and Others v. the United Kingdom
They are believed to be in Spain. The army chief used his claims of a vast conspiracy to press for a new presidential election, scheduled for Dec. A military tribunal has opened the high-profile trial of Said Bouteflika and two ex-intelligence chiefs, one whose name alone once made Algerians tremble.