49 people sentenced to death for lynching a man they wrongly accused of starting deadly forest fires in Algeria

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49 people sentenced to death for lynching a man they wrongly accused of starting deadly forest fires in Algeria

An Algerian court has sentenced 49 people to death for lynching a man falsely accused of starting deadly forest fires in 2021.

 

The victim, Djamel Ben Ismail, was under police protection in a police van in August 2021 when a mob dragged him outside, beat him, and burnt him to death, according to Mail Online. 

 

The 38-year-old painter had turned himself in at a police station upon hearing that he was suspected of arson.

 

It later emerged that Ben Ismail had headed to the region as a volunteer to help put out the fires.

 

It was also confirmed that he had tweeted earlier in the day of his death that he was heading to the scene of the forest fires, 200 miles from his home, to ‘give a hand to our friends’ fighting the fires.

 

When he arrived near the town of Larbaa Nath Irathen in the Tizi Ouzou district, one of the worst hit by the fires, a crowd of local residents accused him of being an arsonist, his father said last year. 

 

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Source: Linda Ikeji