Algeria To Become The First Maghreb Country To Abandon Death Penalty

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Reintroduction of the death penalty against kids abductors will bring so result, but will start the fire of revenge in the hearts of families, Director of Amnesty International Algeria, Hassina Ouseddik said, during a the debate that was organized by Amnesty International Algeria, on Monday, at Algiers SOFITEL Hotel, on the International Day Against Death Penalty.

"We are seeking to cancel it completely in Algeria to become the first Maghreb country that abandons the death penalty. Every kidnapper deserves punishment but not death".

A specialist in Islam, a researcher in mysticism, Said Djabelkhir, agrees with her and surprised the audience with his bold opinions that interpreted Quranic verses and quotes, according to the time they were revealed, saying that the "Kasas" punishment was applicable in a specific time and specific circumstances, as a legal arrangement in a historical context but we cannot work with it at the present moment because the conditions have evolved.

Lawyer and human rights defender, Ammar Khebaba, entered in a controversy with Djabelkhir saying that the Qoran fits in every time and place, and the person who said the contrary is committing apostasy".

"Death penalty against kids kidnappers must be applied. It was canceled in 1993 for several factors, especially due to the large number of murder files, which were received at the courts and then they were frozen for a while".

He criticized allegations of some opponents for the abolition of the death penalty, who were trying to compare this punishment with cutting off the hands in case of theft, saying: "Death Penalty is a legal procedure by the Criminal Court that should be applied, as opposed to cutting off the hand which did not contain legal provisions so far".

"Algerians have the right to call for the implementation of the death penalty against kids murderers. Despite the efforts of some 150 international organizations in the form of an international coalition to abolish the death penalty but it still exists".

For his part, Issa Balmalki, a researcher in political anthropology, called for the application of the death penalty pursuant to the verse: "Walakum fee alqisasi hayatunya olee al-albabi" And there is (a saving of) life for you in Al-Qisas (the Law of Equality in punishment), O men of understanding, that you may become Al-Muttaqun (the pious – see V.2:2) (Muhsin Khan translation).

"Koran and Islamic law (Sharia) are the best sources to take the necessary measures and actions in the face of any phenomenon that is harmful to society along the lines with the phenomenon of kids abduction".

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