ALGIERS- The Attorney General at the Court of Algiers, on Wednesday afternoon, requested a 20-year prison sentence against the two former Prime Ministers, Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal, and a fine of one (1) million Da for each of them in the case of car assembly and secret financing of the presidential campaign of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
The same court also requested 15 years in prison for the former ministers of industry, Mahdjoub Bedda and Youcef Yousfi, and a fine of one (1) million Da for each of the accused.
The Attorney General has requested a 10-year prison sentence and a fine of one (1) million Da for the former president of the Forum of Business Leaders (FCE), Ali Haddad, as well as the businessmen Hassan Arbaoui, Ahmed Mazouz and Mohamed Baïri.
The same penalties were requested against the former wali of Boumerdes, Yamina Zerhouni, Hadj-Saïd Malek and Aouaroun Mohamed.
Regarding the son of the former Prime Minister, Fares Sellal as well as Amine Tira, Mustapha Abdelkrim, Mohamed Alouane, former executives of the Ministry of Industry, the Attorney General requested eight (8) in prison and a fine of one (1) million Da for each of them.
For legal persons, the Public Prosecutor’s Office requested that they be sentenced to firm fines equivalent to five times the maximum of the sentences pronounced against natural persons, with confiscation of the sums of money seized, prohibition of employees from exercising their civic and family rights and exclusion, for a period of five years, from public contracts.
As a reminder, the reopening of these cases and the scheduling of a third trial were decided after the Supreme Court accepted the cassation appeal filed by the defendants.
Following this, a hearing was set for the re-judgment of cases at the Court of Algiers with the designation of a special judicial component.
This is, in fact, the 1st corruption case, treated in December 2019 by the tribunal of Sidi M’hamed, and in which the two former Prime Ministers, Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal, as well as the three former ministers of Industry are being prosecuted, namely; Youcef Yousfi, Mahdjoub Bedda and Abdesselam Bouchouareb and the Minister of Transport and Public Works, Abdelghani Zaalane.
The owners of the assembly plants, Hassane Larbaoui and Mohamed Bairi, and former FCE president Ali Haddad were also sentenced.
They are being prosecuted for charges related to corruption, embezzlement of public funds, granting undue privileges, in particular in matters of automobile assembly, and secret financing of the electoral campaign of the former candidate for the April 2019- Presidential election .
They were also sentenced to 3 to 15 years in prison, accompanied by fines.
The former Minister of Public Works and Transport, Abdelghani Zaalane, prosecuted in his capacity as director of the electoral campaign for candidate Bouteflika and the former director general of the National Bank of Algeria (BNA), Aboud Achour were acquitted.