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Lone Man Convicted In President’s Death

Sun., June 4, 1995

A former army lieutenant was convicted and sentenced to death Saturday for the 1992 assassination of President Mohamed Boudiaf.

Lembarak Boumaarafi was accused of machine-gunning Boudiaf during a speech in June 1992. At trial, two videotapes were introduced in which he confessed to the shooting.

Rejecting “second gun” theories, prosecutor Abdelmalek Sayah said Boumaarafi acted alone and that there was “neither a plot nor an associate.”

Boudiaf’s widow boycotted the trial, contending Boudiaf was killed on the orders of top military officers.

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