LIBYA: ‘ Parliament Dismisses Governor of Central Bank Over Alleged Financial Irregularities ‘

#AceWorldNews – LIBYA (Tripoli) – September 14 – The parliament of Libya has dismissed the governor of the country’s Central Bank over alleged financial irregularities, Reuters reports.

Governor Saddek Omar Elkaber, who is currently in Algiers attending a conference of Arab central bank directors, failed to attend a session at the House of Representatives, which is currently meeting in the city of Tobruk in the east of the country after last month an armed opposition group seized the capital Tripoli.

The Islamist groups that have captured the capital have reinstated the previous parliament as their positions in it were much stronger.

Hashem added that 94 of the 102 lawmakers presented at the session, during which they agreed on this decision. The dismissal is widely seen as a move by the newly elected parliament to secure its financial channels against the ex- parliament General National Congress (GNC) Xinhua reported.  

Al-Kabir, allegedly supporting the ex-parliament, responded on Sunday that he will not surrender his position. According to local media, Al-Kabir has long stayed in his residence in Malta and refused to cooperate with the new parliament.

Until a successor is appointed, deputy governor Ali al-Hibri will be in charge at the Central Bank.

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AIR ALGERIE AH5017: ' Hezbollah Leader and French Military Were On-Board at Time of Crash '

#AceWorldNews – ALGIERS – July 27 – According to latest information that either 116 or 118 people on board the Air Algerie flight AH5017 which crashed in the restive northern Mali, at least 33 French military personnel including three senior intelligence officials and a Lebanese Hezbollah leader were present, it has emerged reported IBTimes

Even as the Algerian authorities have asserted that the real cause of the crash could be established only after a thorough investigation, they have not ruled out a terror attack either.

The exact number of people present in the aircraft, a McDonnell Douglas-83, is still unclear – whether it was 116 or 118.

But the local daily Echorouk, citing sources, said there were French troops on board.

There were at least 19 Lebanese passengers and some of them were dual citizens, including an alleged senior Hezbollah figure, who was disguised as a businessman.

A team of Lebanese experts is also on its way to Mali to assist the ongoing investigation.

Meanwhile, militants from the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MOJWA), locally known as Tawhid and Jihad in West Africa, are said to be stationed near the crash site, which is not far from their stronghold.

The al-Qaeda-inspired outfit is believed to be holding an arsenal of missiles in its possession which were smuggled from Libya.

However, experts have firmly ruled out any ground-to-air attack that brought down the plane.

But speculation over a criminal incident linked to explosives inside the Burkina Faso-Algiers flight has also surfaced.

"We rule out — and have from the start — any ground strike," French junior transport minister Frédéric Cuvillier told France Two television.

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FLIGHT AH5017: ' Air Algerie Wreckage Found No Survivor’s '

#AceWorldNews – ALGIERS/BAMAKO (Reuters) – July 25 – Authorities said on Thursday they located the wreckage of an Air Algerie flight after it crashed in northern Mali carrying 116 passengers and crew, nearly half of them French, en route from Burkina Faso to Algeria.


​Regional aviation officials said they had lost contact with flight AH5017 at around 0155 GMT (9:55 p.m ET) on Thursday, less than an hour after take-off, following a request by the pilot to change course due to bad weather.

French President Francois Hollande announced Friday that French troops found no survivors when they arrived at the crash site of an Air Algerie jetliner that went down with 116 people aboard over northern Mali, Thursday. One of the aircraft’s two black boxes has been found in the wreckage, Hollande said http://tinyurl.com/o4jnvbq
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1. July 24 2014 – #AceBreakingNews – ALGIERS – July 24 – Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has disappeared from radar on a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers, the official Algerian news agency said Thursday, reported Associated Press

2. Update July 24 – Latest Fox News ALGIERS, Algeria – A flight operated by Air Algerie and carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital disappeared from radar early Thursday, the plane’s owner said. http://tinyurl.com/lva49q5

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` Al-Qaeda Islamic Maghreb today Claims Responsibility for the Algeria's Ambush Killing 11 Soldiers '

#AceNewsServices – ALGIERS – May 02 – Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility Thursday for an April ambush in Algeria’s restive Kabylie region that killed 11 soldiers.

“On the night of April 19, Mujahideen ambushed an army convoy in the Iboudrarene region… The toll was around 30 soldiers killed or wounded,” said a statement posted on-line.

At the time, a security source said gunmen in the AQIM bastion of Iboudrarene, east of Algiers, had ambushed the convoy and killed 11 soldiers.

The attack was the deadliest on the military in years and came two days after ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was re-elected.

The convoy was returning to barracks after helping to secure the election, during which clashes broke out in Kabylie between police and anti-Bouteflika youths. — AFP

AQIM Analysis by Posted by RBoales isvg.org

Of all Al Qaeda’s regional affiliates AQIM has probably garnered the least attention in the United States. A concern about growing synergy between Islamist terrorist groups in North and Central Africa, however, has thrust AQIM to the forefront. AQIM recently swore allegiance to newly appointed AQC leader, Ayman Al Zawahiri, on 7/7/2010, and the group purportedly has nascent ties to Nigeria’s Boko Haram and Somalia’s Al-Shabaab.

On the macro scale, the United States’ interest in North and Central Africa is driven by security as well as energy concerns, particularly as Russia and China seek to expand economic ties to the region. Pham argues that the region has the potential of “being the setting for an explosive mix of Islamist terrorism, secular grievances, and criminality.” Weak military and counter-terrorism forces in Niger, Mali, and Mauritania, coupled with vast desert landscapes, have allowed AQIM to establish footholds in many of the region’s ungoverned areas.

AQIM is undergoing increased decentralization, but despite this fact, at least two of its senior leaders have connections to AQC. In November 2010, the current AQIM leader, Abdelmalek Droukdel, released a tape informing French authorities that they must negotiate directly with Osama Bin Laden to secure the release of French nationals kidnapped by AQIM in September 2010.
Droukdel was also in contact with the late Al Qaeda in Iraq leader, Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, in 2004 and 2005, as well as AQC leaders based in Waziristan, Pakistan.

Mukhtar Belmokhtar, an infamous Algerian jihadist who fought with the mujahideen in Afghanistan in the early 1990’s and was a commander of the Salafist Group for Call and Combat’s (GSPC) Masked Brigade in the 2000’s, served as a liaison between AQC and Algerian-based terrorist groups.
He was in contact with AQC when it was based in Sudan in the early 1990’s and continued to serve as a point of contact through the mid-2000’s; while he has notoriously been at odds with the Algeria-based wing of AQIM led by Droukdel, Belmokhtar still provides support to AQIM and is a major player in the Sahel region, leading a brigade of 150 men.

Finally, the recent arrest of former GSPC operative and current AQC external operations committee member Younis al-Mauritani (aka Abdul Rahman Hussein) is evidence of closer ties between AQC and AQIM, assuming al-Mauritani has remained in touch with his North African contacts.

Editor: Will update to present day in next post …………… soon

AFP – SAUDI GAZETTE – ISVG

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` Algerian Blogger Jailed in September for Posting Cartoons on Internet Mocking President Granted Bail ‘

#AceNewsServices – ALGIERS – April 24 – A young Algerian blogger, jailed since September for posting cartoons on the Internet mocking the president, has been granted bail ahead of his trial, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Abdelghani Aloui “was freed on bail on Wednesday by the indictment division of the court of Sidi M’Hamed in Algiers,” Amine Sidhoum told AFP.

The trial date has not yet been fixed.

Aloui, 24, faces several charges, including “attacking the person of the president” and “contempt”, for publishing cartoons on his Facebook page ridiculing Bouteflika and then prime minister Abdelmalek Sellal.

(GVA) – Aloui was first charged with insulting the president, a charge of glorifying terrorism was added later on. In this French-language video, one the Aloui’s lawyers explains that he believes his client is innocent of the charges against him. The lawyer states that he took his case because he believes Aloui is being harassed because of a political agenda and not because he broke any laws:

(HRW) – “The Algerian authorities like to talk about openness and reform, but the reality is different,” said Eric Goldstein, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Algeria needs to stop arresting people for peaceful commentary, and that includes criticism of the government or president.”

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1. https://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2014/02/05/four-months-in-jail-and-counting-for-algerian-blogger-who-criticized-president/
2. http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/10/18/algeria-drop-charges-against-blogger

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` Bouteflika Likely to Win in `Algeria Amid Dissent ‘ for ` Fourth Term ‘ as ` President ‘ against Barakat Protests ‘

#AceNewsServices – ALGIERS – April 13 – In March Aljazeera reported on a group of protesters gathered last month at Algiers University in the centre of the city, ready to demonstrate against Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to run for a fourth consecutive term as president of Algeria.

Police were there early, in heavy numbers, to ensure that the demonstration did not spread beyond the Fac Centrale d’Alger http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2014/03/algeria-accused-protest-crackdown-201431774655186191.html

“There were not more than 100 protesters, but there were probably three times as many police,” said Kamal Benkoussa, who is supporting Barakat (“Enough” in Arabic), a civil society movement established in early 2014 to campaign against Bouteflika’s fourth mandate and in favour of a democratic transition in Algeria.

The protest was the latest in a series of Barakat-organised demonstrations against Bouteflika’s decision to run in the presidential elections, scheduled for April 17.

“The police made a human wall to make it impossible for people to walk on the street. We had to stay in a very small space in front of the university. People were worried that if they walked on the street, they’d be arrested,” Benkoussa, who withdrew from the presidential campaign on the news that Bouteflika was standing for re-election, told Al Jazeera.

( HRW) reported that authorities imposed the ban on demonstrations in Algiers on June 18, 2001, four days after a huge march in Algiers focusing on the rights on the Amazigh, or Berber, ethnic group, that drew participants from all over the Amazigh-majority Kabylia region and that resulted in some looting of shops and clashes involving the police, demonstrators, and local youths. Authorities did not rescind the ban when they lifted the 19-year-old state of emergency in 2011.

The ban supersedes Algeria’s 1991 Law Governing Public Meetings and Demonstrations, which itself restricts the right to demonstrate peacefully. Under the law a group planning a public gathering must seek authorization from the authorities eight days in advance.

The wali (provincial governor) must announce his approval or prohibition of the public assembly at least five days before it is scheduled to take place. He or his subordinates may prohibit any gathering by informing its organizers that it constitutes “a real risk of disturbing the public order” or if “it seems clear that the real objective of the meeting constitutes a danger to maintaining the public order.”

These restrictions go beyond what international human rights law permits.

Article 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) states:

The right of peaceful assembly shall be recognized. No restrictions may be placed on the exercise of this right other than those imposed in conformity with the law and which are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, public order (ordre public), the protection of public health or morals or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.

http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/03/17/algeria-crackdown-protest-election-nears

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