Trial for murder of Hervé Gourdel, the French tourist is postponed

The trial in Algeria of a group accused of decapitating a French mountain guide, which was due to start on Thursday in Algiers, has been put back to 18 February. The trial in the murder case of Frenchman Hervé Gourdel, has been postponed to February 18.

Fourteen people are facing trial. They include 8 alleged kidnappers, 5 Algerian hosts, an accompanying Frenchman and a man whose link with the case has not been specified.

Only one suspect implicated in kidnapping and executing Gourdel appeared before the court in Algiers, according to lawyers.

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The Algerian Abdelmalek Hamzaoui faces the death penalty if convicted. Also to appear before the court are five accompanying persons, Karim Oukara, Hamza Boukamoum, Oussama Dehendi, Amine Ayache and Kamel Saâdi, who were abducted with him but released after 14 hours.

They have been accused of delaying in informing of the abduction of the Frenchman.

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