Maliki Sunni Islam
December 27, 1912 (age 81)
Larbaa Nath Irathen, French Algeria
National Liberation Front
December 5, 1994 (aged 81) Paris
Krim Belkacem, Mouloud Kacem Naît Belkacem, Omar Derdour
Born in the Berber Kabyle region of Tizi Ouzou, Saïd Mohammadi served in the French army. Attracted to Arab nationalism, and intensely religious, he became involved with the Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini. During World War II, he joined the Mufti to work with the German Luftwaffe, hoping that Hitler's defeat of France would lead to the liberation of Algeria and other French colonies. He was parachuted into Tunisia in 1943 to serve as a German Abwehr agent, but captured and sentenced to life in prison.
ابطال حرب الجزائر العقيد المجاهد محمدي السعيد الملازم السابق في الجيش الالماني Saïd Mohammedi
In the FLN
He was liberated in 1952, and two years later, he joined the Front de libération nationale (FLN), which begun an armed nationalist revolt against France in November 1954. Unlike most of the FLN leadership, he had no previous involvement with the Algerian nationalist groups, such as the Parti du Peuple Algérien (PPA) of Messali Hadj or the UDMA of Ferhat Abbas, or even with the religious Ulama movement of shaykh Ben Badis. In 1956, Saïd Mohammedi was made colonel of the Armée de Libération Nationale (ALN) and became head of Wilaya III, an important FLN combat region comprising his native Kabylie. His nom de guerre was Si Nacer, and he famously insisted on wearing an old German military helmet as his personal trademark.
Closely allied to Krim Belkacem, he was in 1958 designated chief of staff for the ALN. However, he proved unable to assume control on the field, facing resistance from, among others, ALN strongman col. Houari Boumédiène. He lost his military positions in 1960, as Krim's fortunes declined, and had to make do with mainly symbolic posts in the GPRA government-in-exile.
After independence, an army-based coalition composed of Ahmed Ben Bella, Mohamed Khider, Boumédiène and others attempted to seize power, as did a rival GPRA-centered group headed by Krim Belkacem, Benyoucef Benkhedda, and others. Mohammedi initially stood with Krim's group, but then switched sides and was rewarded with a post as vice president after Ben Bella had been installed as president of Algeria in a one-party system. In 1965, Boumédiène overthrew Ben Bella. Mohammedi acquised, and was carried on into the Revolutionary Command Council set up by Boumédiène in place of the government and parliament, but soon thereafter, he was outmaneouvered by Boumédiène and his Oujda group and lost his posts.
In 1991, Mohammedi stood as electoral candidate for the Front Islamique du Salut (FIS), an anti-FLN Islamist group, in Algiers, but as elections were cancelled by a military coup in 1992, the FIS was banned. He died two years later.