Soleïman Adel Guémar
Soleïman Adel Guémar was born in Alger in 1963 into a left-wing political family of Berber ancestry. He studied electrical engineering in the army, spent 2 years in France working in publishing, then, at the promise of free national elections, returned to Algeria in 1991 to work for the weekly newspaper L’Evènement. The elections were cancelled when an Islamist party won a landslide at local elections and L’Evènement was banned. For 10 years, Guémar worked in Algeria as a freelance journalist and publisher, but when he applied for a permit to publish a magazine of investigative journalism, he fell foul of the regime and was subjected to a campaign of violent intimidation. In 2002, he arrived at Heathrow claiming political asylum and has since been granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK, where he now lives with his family in South Wales.