The Magistrates Court of Akbou has released the 8 young people accused of attacking the ''principles of Islam'' in not having kept the Ramadan fast last summer.
They were arrested end of August by Ighzer Amokrane police near Bejaia. They were drinking coffee in a closed shopping centre at the time.
The accusation of ''attacking principles of Islam'' could have brought a condemnation of between 2 and 5 years prison. The public prosecutor had in fact demanded ''the application of the article 144 bis 2 of the criminal law.'' The magistrate was denied his demand.
In the defense, the group of lawyers who had rallied around the young people, focussed on ''article 36 of the constitution, relating to freedom of conscience and opinion.''
While the court case was being heard the representatives of organisations for human rights and political parties in the area organised a demonstration outside the courthouse.