ALGEBRA, Algeria (AP) A court in the southern Algerian city of Algiers convicted former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Monday of crimes against humanity and sentenced him to life in prison.

Bouteflikas supporters chanted slogans and held up banners reading, “The whole world will be free if he is freed” as he left the courtroom.

Boum was arrested in the northern city of Abidjan on Dec. 23, 2012, and accused of ordering a military coup in neighboring Mali that toppled longtime ruler Amadou Toumani Toure.

He was accused of orchestrating the coup and of ordering mass killings.

He fled to France and was arrested on Dec, 29, by French authorities.

His lawyers said he has repeatedly denied the accusations.

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