Well, the Algerian authorities have a sweet sense of irony - prosecuting and convicting a lawyer for criticizing the justice system:
Amnesty International deplores the prosecution of Amine Sidhoum, a lawyer and well-known human rights defender, who was convicted yesterday, 13 April 2008, of bringing the Algerian judiciary into disrepute. The court of Sidi M'hamed in Algiers sentenced him to a six month prison sentence, which it suspended, and a fine of 20,000 dinars (over USD 300).
Amine Sidhoum was tried on 30 March 2008 on charges of bringing the judiciary into disrepute after he publicly criticized the fact that one of his clients had been detained without trial for two and a half years. He was charged in 2006, at the initiative of the Department for Human Rights of the Algerian Ministry of Justice, based on quotes attributed to him in a newspaper interview in 2004.
Amnesty International considers that Amine Sidhoum may have been prosecuted in order to deter him and other human rights defenders from continuing their human rights activities. He is one of the few Algerian lawyers who have been prepared to expose breaches of national and international law by the Algerian authorities, and has been subject to repeated harassment since 2006.
Anyone think the Algerian officials behind this decision have "brought the judiciary into disrepute"? Somebody put them on trial!