Former Justice Minister Louh case: Verdict delivered

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ALGIERS- After a trial that lasted 3 consecutive days, the Criminal Chamber at Dar Beida tribunal of First Instance ruled on, Tuesday night, headed by Judge Ali Aichour, to impose a 6-year prison sentence and a fine of 200,000 dinars against the former Minister of Justice, Tayeb Louh.

The former Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals Tayeb Louh was sentenced to 6 years in prison with a fine set at 200,000 DA. Said Bouteflika and businessman Ali Haddad were sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and a fine of 100,000 DA.

They were indicted, along with other co-defendants including magistrates, with “incitement to falsify official documents”; “Inducement to grant undue privileges”; “Abuse of office” and “obstruction of justice”, primarily in the case relating to the cancellation of the international arrest warrant issued in 2013 against former energy minister Chakib Khellil and his wife.

The arrested accused; former inspector general of the Ministry of Justice, El-Tayeb ben Hachem, was also convicted of a two-year prison sentence and a fine of 200,000 dinars.

The judicial rulings, also, included defendants who were not arrested, led by the former Secretary-General of the Ministry of Justice. They were acquitted.

The public prosecutor had requested, yesterday, 10 years in prison against Tayeb Louh and 7 years against Said Bouteflika and Ali Haddad.

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