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Algerian journalist dies during hunger strike against prison sentence

FRANCE 24 screen grab | British-Algerian journalist Mohamed Tamalt

A lawyer says an Algerian journalist on a hunger strike to protest a two-year sentence for offending President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has died in a hospital in the capital.

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Journalist Mohamed Tamalt died Sunday after falling into a coma following months of a hunger strike, his lawyer Amine Sidhoum told The Associated Press.

Amnesty International, which had called for the release of the 41-year-old Tamalt, asked Algerian authorities in a statement to "launch an independent, in-depth and transparent inquiry" into his death.

Tamalt was arrested in his Algiers home in June. He was convicted of "harming the institutions of the republic" and "offending" Bouteflika following critical pieces posted on his Facebook page. He was transferred to an Algiers hospital in August after going on a hunger strike.

(AP)

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