Algeria to wipe clean millions of criminal records

To foster reintegration into civil society

10 April, 15:45

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, APRIL 10 - After the definitive version of the measure is published in the official gazette over the coming days, more than a million Algerians who have had run-ins with the law but who have served their sentences will start afresh.

    Given the country's high youth unemployment rate and the Algerian government's recent efforts to open up the labour market and enable even those who have been convicted of crimes to move forward, the move to clear these criminal records makes perfect sense. Therefore, there will be no mention on criminal certificates of previous guilty verdicts, enabling those convicted of non-serious crimes to have a shot at any job they choose. However, not everyone will be able to benefit from it.

    According to ministry sources quoted on the TSA website, the measure will be linked to the seriousness of the crime committed, with only those sentenced to under 18 months eligible. The individual must also not have committed any other crimes in the subsequent ten years. The measure was strongly supposed by Algeria's prime minister, Abdelmalek Sella, and will mostly affect the young previously barred from certain jobs due to the severity of the laws in force and their criminal records, even if they had been sentenced only to fines. (ANSAmed).

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