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Two Islamists Sentenced To Death in Algeriia

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Two Islamists accused of killing 500 people during Algeria’s civil war, including the rape and murder of 60 women, were on Sunday sentenced to death.

32-year-old Djilali Kouri, and 35-year-old Antar Ali, were sentenced to death for “founding and running a terrorist group that killed and spread terror among the population and that murdered hundreds of civilians and soldiers” between 1996 and 2004.

Kouri and Ali admitted to killing members of the security forces in the civil war, but denied molesting and killing civilians.

“Kouri has already been sentenced to death for some of the charges against him, but sought acquittal on the other counts,” said Brahim Behloul, the court-appointed lawyer for both accused.

“Antar Ali asked to be considered under the Civil Concord law,” said Behloul, referring to a law adopted by referendum in 1999 to encourage thousands of Islamists to surrender in exchange for a pardon.

The law offers amnesty to Islamist fighters who do not have blood on their hands.

In their confession, Ali and Kouri told investigators they were part of a group of Islamist fighters in the Chlef region during the civil war, and took part in operations in other areas.

While they admitted in court killing members of the security forces, they denied involvement in the molestation and murder of civilians.

“I admit having participated in the killing of five soldiers and five municipal guards, but I did not massacre civilians and rape women,” Kouri told the court.

Ali also said that he had “taken part in ambushes against the military,” but denied playing a role in the massacre of civilians.

“I did not commit massacres, I was fighting the authorities. I’m not a terrorist, I am myself a victim,” he told the court.

The civil war, which broke out after the government annulled an election won by the Islamic Salvation Front, killed around 200,000 people according to official estimates.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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Donald Trump and wife, Melania Trump

President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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President of Mali, N’Daw, coup leader, Goita

Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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