Algiers court: 12 years in prison against former DGSN Abdelghani Hamel

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ALGIERS- The criminal chamber of the Court of Algiers, on Wednesday, pronounced a 12-year prison sentence against the former Director General of National Security (DGSN), Abdelghani Hamel, prosecuted for several charges, including “money laundering”, “illicit enrichment”, “influence peddling” and “obtaining land by illegal means”.

The penal chamber also maintained the fine of 8 million DA.

The same body handed down prison sentences against the sons of the former DGSN, namely: 8 years in prison for Amiar, 6 years in prison for Chafik and 5 years in prison for Mourad. His daughter Chahinaz was sentenced to two (2) years in prison, one of which was suspended.

The court of Sidi M’hamed (Algiers) had pronounced, at the beginning of last April, a sentence of fifteen (15) years in prison against the main accused, Abdelghani Hamel, together with a fine of 8 million Algerian dinars (DA).

His son Amiar Hamel was sentenced to ten (10) years in prison and a fine of six (6) million DA. His son Chafik had been sentenced to eight (8) years in prison and a fine of 5 million DA and his son Mourad to seven (7) years in prison and a fine of 5 million DA.

His daughter Chahinaz was sentenced to three (3) years in prison and a fine of 5 million DA. The wife of the former DGSN, Annani Salima, had, meanwhile, been sentenced to two (2) years in prison and a fine of one million DA.

In the same case, the court sentenced the two former ministers, Abdelmalek Boudiaf and Abdelghani Zaalane, in their capacity as former walis of Oran, to three years imprisonment and a fine of one million DA.

The court also imposed a fine of 32 million DA on businesses belonging to the Hamel family, with the confiscation of all seized and movable property.

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