Rabat - A suspected Algerian thief has been publicly lynched in a souk in Akbou in Kbaylie, north of Algeria, following his attempt to steal an elder.
Rabat – A suspected Algerian thief has been publicly lynched in a souk in Akbou in Kbaylie, north of Algeria, following his attempt to steal an elder.
In a video circulating widely on social media, the suspect appears stripped and handcuffed, hung upside down on a wall surrounded by a large crowd of people. He can be heard yelling out in apparent pain, calling for people to save him.
One eyewitness offered the following description, “The suspected had been thrashed by a group of people until the authorities intervened to settle the situation.”
In reality, the three-minute video actually shows authorities watching the suspected hung without taking any initiative to rescue him.
Understandably, the incident has caused an uproar among social media users who claim that the suspect had succumbed to the punishment and died. In response, the Algerian authorities issued a clear communiqué to the contrary, “refuting the information that circulates about the death of the suspected,” adding that “he is in a stable health after he received the necessary treatment and it is set to leave the hospital on Tuesday.”
This is not the first incidence of mob justice reported in Algeria. Just last week, a group from Jijel, east of Algeria, caught a young thief red-handed and subjected him to a vicious beating before handing him over to the authorities.