Trial of ex-premiers on corruption charges resumed


The trial of former Algerian officials, including two prime ministers, and businessmen on corruption charges was resumed, on Thursday.



The Sidi M’hamed Court in the capital Algiers opened the trial of former premiers Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal, along with former industry ministers Youcef Yousfi, Mahdjoub Bedda and Abdeslam Bouchouareb, who is on the run, and former transport minister Abdelghani Zaalane.

The officials, who all served under former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, face charges of squandering public money and abusing powers in a case related to car assembly.

Security measures were tightened in the vicinity of the court, where hundreds of Algerians gathered.

The trial was boycotted by defence lawyers, who felt conditions to provide a fair trial had not been met.

Much of the inquiry involves a car making corruption scandal, involving huge bribes, inflated invoices and dodgy loans.



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