Algeria’s High Court has committed a serious and unprecedented act by prematurely deciding in the guardianship of a 7-year-old girl born in mixed-marriage, according to an Algerian lawyer.

On February 13, the court rejected an appeal launched by Safia’s family against Jacques Sharlbook who claims to be her father.

“The High Court has not decided in a fatherhood case and directly jumped to a guardianship one,” said lawyer Fatma Zohra Ben Braham.

“We have to know that French Sharlbook has not proven that he is Safia’s father while an old new party in the case showed up. Mohamed Youcefi is still claiming his marriage with Khadija Ferh Belhocine, Safia’s mother.”

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