Morocco’s HRW official Ahmed Reda Benchemsi briefly arrested in Algiers

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Former Moroccan journalist Ahmed Reda Benchemsi. / Ph. DR

Algerian police arrested, Friday, former Moroccan journalist and the Advocacy and Communications Director for Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa division Ahmed Reda Benchemsi in Algiers.

The founder and former editor of Moroccan weekly magazine TelQuel has been taken to a police station in Algiers after he was at a scene of popular protest, Algerian newspaper Al Watan reports.

Speaking to his lawyer Abdelghani Badi, the same source indicates that he cannot tell if his client will be released in the following hours or if he is going to be remanded in custody for 48 hours.

However, Algerian newspaper TSA reported later in the day that the Moroccan Human Rights Watch official was released by the police on the same day at around midnight.

According to the same source when Ahmed Reda Benchemsi was arrested he was not there as part of an official Human Rights Watch mission.

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