Algerian prosecutors seek tougher jail term for pro-democracy activist
Algerian prosecutors have requested a tougher two-year jail sentence for prominent pro-democracy activist Amira Bouraoui during her trial on appeal, a prisoners' rights group said on Friday.
She came to prominence in 2014 when she opposed Bouteflika running for a fourth term.
She was sentenced to a one-year jail term in June over a string of charges, including insulting the president and Islam.
Bouraoui was tried on appeal on Thursday night in a court in Tipaza, in the country's west, the CNLD prisoners' rights group said.
Prosecutors are now seeking two years behind bars for the activist, the CNLD said in a statement Friday on its Facebook page.
A verdict is expected on December 31.
The CNLD says over 90 people, including activists, social media users and journalists, are currently in custody in connection with the country's anti-government protest movement or individual liberties -- mostly for dissenting social media posts.
Bouraoui was granted provisional release in July, along with several other opposition figures.