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March 29 2017

Algeria | Anouar Rahmani investigated for his novel 'Jibril’s Hallucination'

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Anouar Rahmani, law student and author of two novels, Jibril's Hallucination and The City of White Shadows, is being investigated by Algerian authorities. Through his writing, Rahmani fights for human rights in Algeria, including those of LGBT people and minorities.

On the 27th of February, Anouar Rahmani received a summons from the judicial police of Tipaza Province, before being interrogated for several hours. The interrogation centred on his publications (particularly chapters from his novel Jibril’s Hallucination), his religion, his political opinions and Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. The officer in charge of his case told him that he was under investigation under article 144 (bis 2) of the Penal Code, which provides for a sentence of three to five years in prison and a fine of 50,000 to 100,000 Algerian dinars (about 900 USD) for anyone who "offends the prophet" or "denigrates the dogma or precepts of Islam.”

The writer has been released and is awaiting an indictment by the Public Prosecutor.

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