ALGIERS- The Attorney General at the tribunal of Dar El Beida (Court of Algiers), on Monday, requested a 10-year prison sentence against the former Minister of Justice, Tayeb Louh, prosecuted for obstruction the proper conduct of justice, forgery and the incitement to falsify official documents.
The prosecutor’s representative also called for the deprivation of his civil rights.
For the former Secretary General of the Ministry, Laâdjine Zouaoui and the former Inspector General of the same Ministry, Tayeb Belhachemi, the Attorney General has requested 7 years in prison with deprivation of their civil rights.
The same prison sentence (7 years) was required against Said Bouteflika, brother and adviser to former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and businessman Ali Haddad.
The general prosecutor’s office requested a 3-year prison sentence against the rest of the accused, namely the judges, Mokhtar Belahrach, Samoun Sid Ahmed, Khaled Bey, as well as the lawyer Derfouf Mustapha.
The latter are being prosecuted for their interventions, on the instructions of the former Minister of Justice Tayeb Louh, in the falsification of official documents and judgments.
Among the cases presented, the case of annulment of the international arrest warrant issued against the former Minister of Justice, Chakib Khelil, as well as the case of intervention, by order of Minister of Justice Louh, with a view to falsifying a report with retroactive effect in order to admit a candidate during the legislative elections of May 2017.
As a reminder, the co-defendants in this case are being prosecuted for several charges, including “incitement to falsify official documents”; “Inducement to grant undue privileges”; “Abuse of office” and “obstruction of justice”, on the basis of articles 41, 132 and 215 of the Penal Code and articles 33, 44 and 48 of the organic law relating to the prevention and fight against corruption.