Ex-PMs Ouyahia, Sellal, ex-Ministers, other government officials facing heavy charges

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Algeria- Algiers’ Sidi Mhamed court summoned, Thursday, former prime ministers, namely;  Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Salal and four ex-cabinet ministers in corruption cases.

 

Ouyahia and Salal were seen, on Thursday, arriving at the court of Sidi Mhamed in a case linked to jailed businessman Ali Haddad.

Later Thursday, former Algerian commerce, transportation, finance and water resources ministers Amara Ben Younes, Amar Tou, Karim Joudi and Nassib Hussein, were seen arriving at the court, in addition to the former governor of the capital Abdelkader Zoukh, who was dismissed last month.

According to observers, Haddad has told investigators how he has acquired his wealth, becoming one of Algeria’s top businessmen, implicating several regime figures.

According to Alg24′ sources, the aforementioned high-ranked officials were not heard as witnesses, but as defendants. Former Prime Ministers Abdelmalek Sellal and Ahmed Ouyahia are facing heavy charges and were heard yesterday, Thursday, May 16, by the Prosecutor of the Republic at the Sidi M’hamed court as defendants.

From a judicial source, Alg24 learned that Ahmed Ouyahia is accused of “benefiting from undue advantages, obtaining unjustified benefits in the area of ​​public procurement and lands, having benefited from the influence of public officials, and implicitly financing political parties.

As for Abdelmalek Sellal, he is accused of granting excessive benefits, abuse of power and illegal use of public money. The same accusations are brought against three former ministers, namely Amar Tou, Abdelghani Zaâlane and Karim Djoudi.

For the former Wali of Algiers, Abdelkader Zoukh, and the Wali of El-Bayadh, they face charges of abuse of office and illegal use of public money.

It can be seen that former Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia faces the heaviest accusations.

The Algerian judiciary has launched a series of investigations into corruption cases against powerful businessmen and senior government officials after Bouteflika’s departure from power following mass protests.
aawsat/Alg24.

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