Ali Belhadj was the Vice-President of the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS). In 1991, soon after FIS had organized a strike and demonstrations in Algiers, he was arrested and jailed on charges of threatening state security. He was released in 2003 after serving a 12-year sentence. Representing a Salafist wing of FIS, and seen as the spiritual leader of the most hardline factions of the party, he was against women working and condemned democracy as a Western innovation, while emphasizing the importance of Islamic education. VideoVideo: 2012 Sheikh Ali speaks on Mohammad Merah, with German subtitles.Video: 2011 Ali Belhadj reacts after the announcement of the death of his son.Video: 2011 Ali Belhadj (FIS) speaks of Libya's revolutionVideo: When Abdelkahar made his remarkable debut as a seven-year-old firebrand, his father was in jail serving a 12-year sentence for armed conspiracy against the regime.
Ali Benhadj's Medea Brigade
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