Algeria. Corruption: former senior leaders of the Bouteflika era again in court

Algeria. Corruption: former senior leaders of the Bouteflika era again in court
Algeria. Corruption: former senior leaders of the Bouteflika era again in court

#Algeria : A new appeal trial for corruption of two former prime ministers who served under former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika opened Saturday in Algiers, after the Supreme Court’s overturning of their conviction, the official APS agency said .

Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal are involved in a corruption scandal and accused of secret financing of the ousted president’s latest election campaign, according to the same source.

This new trial comes after the Supreme Court accepted the defense appeal.

Several Algerian ministers and bosses are also being prosecuted in this case, according to the same source.

This is the first major anti-corruption trial after Bouteflika, which took place in December 2019.


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Ouyahia, four times Prime Minister between 1995 and 2019, was sentenced at first instance to 15 years in prison, and Abdelmalek Sellal, who led the government from 2014 to 2017 and four Bouteflika electoral campaigns, to 12 years of imprisonment .

These prison sentences were confirmed on appeal in March 2020 by the Algiers court. On the other hand, it had eased the sentences imposed on former ministers and bosses.


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President Bouteflika was forced to resign on April 2, 2019, under the pressure of an unprecedented anti-regime protest movement following the announcement of his candidacy for a fifth term.

Fifteen personalities – former politicians, powerful bosses and senior officials – must be retried.

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