Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad announced, on Wednesday, the opening of an investigation and the issuance of an international arrest warrant against the main accused in the corruption case relating to the acquisition by the Sonatrach Group of the Augusta refinery (Italy).
“The Economic and Financial Penal Pole has opened an investigation into the Augusta refinery affair, in which an international arrest warrant has been issued against the main accused,” Djerad said in his address on the occasion of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the nationalization of hydrocarbons and the 65th anniversary of the creation of the General Union of Algerian Workers (UGTA).
“We will continue to prosecute all those responsible for corruption cases and attempts to damage the national economy,” he added.
To this end, the Prime Minister reaffirmed “the determination of the State to pursue the moralization of public life and the economic field, by bringing together the appropriate conditions for an economic climate marked by transparency and fair and healthy competition, of one hand and to fight against corruption within the framework of the law, on the other hand. ”
As a reminder, the Augusta refinery (Sicily) was acquired by the group Sonatrach in 2018 through an agreement concluded with ESSO Italiana (former subsidiary of the American group ExxonMobil).
This transaction, also, includes the three oil terminals of Palermo, Naples and Augusta, as well as pipelines connecting the refinery to the various terminals.