This Wednesday, October 5, 2022, accompanied by her lawyers, Ms. Naïma Salhi-Leghlimi, former deputy for the wilaya of Boumerdès and president of the Equity and Proclamation Party (PEP), found herself facing the judges to answer charges of “undermining national unity”, “incitement to racial hatred” and “incitement to murder”. Elle faces a two-year prison sentence and a fine of 50,000 dinars (360 euros). This is the sentence required by the public prosecutor at the Court of Chéraga, in Algiers.
“We were tired of being the target of his hateful and racist speech towards the inhabitants of an entire region. This woman’s invectives spared neither our parents, nor our martyrs, nor our identity, nor our culture, continually insulted and defamed. To put an end to this flood of insults, we have decided to resort to the courts of our country”, explains Sofiane Dekkal, one of the three plaintiffs who constituted civil party against the ex-deputy.
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It was in June 2019 that Kader Houali and Sofiane Dekkal, two lawyers from the Tizi Ouzou bar, as well as the journalist and political activist Salim Chaït, decided to file a complaint for “incitement to racial hatred” with the court of Boumerdès, district in which Naïma Salhi had been elected as a deputy in May 2017. But the complaint had been frozen because of her parliamentary immunity. It will only be reactivated after the dissolution of the National People’s Assembly (APN) by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, in March 2021, before being directed to the court of Chéraga, his place of residence.