On Monday 18 October the tribunal of Oum El Bouaghi inflicted the sentence of two years of prison and a fine of 100,000 dinars (about 1000 euros) for attacking a principle of Islam.
He was arrested during the Ramadan when, acting on a tip-off, the police went to an abandoned place near the city centre of Ain el Beida. A group of non-fasters had escaped but Bouchouta Fares did not suceed.
In its publication of 21 October the newspaper did not specify the religion of the condemned man, but highlighted that for the same crime the judgement differs from one Algerian tribunal to another.
Two Christian non-fasters were released 5 October by the tribunal of Ain el Hammam, the procurator had demanded three years prison. This judge had stated that ''no article (of law) requires a prosecution'' in the case of non-respect of the fast of Ramadan.
Another court case is programmed for 8 November in the region of Akbou, in minor-Kabylia, this time against nine Algerian non-fasters.