Court of Algiers: Appeal trial of former Police Head Hamel, members of his family opened

ALGIERS- The appeal trial of the former director general of the National Security, Abdelghani Hamel and members of his family prosecuted for charges relating to corruption, opened on Wednesday afternoon, at the first criminal chamber of the Court of Algiers.

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ALGIERS- The appeal trial of the former director general of the National Security, Abdelghani Hamel and members of his family prosecuted for charges relating to corruption, opened on Wednesday afternoon, at the first criminal chamber of the Court of Algiers.

The trial, which was reinstated following the decision of the Supreme Court which accepted the cassation appeal introduced against the verdicts delivered by the Court of Algiers in August 2020.

Abdelghani Hamel, his wife Annani Salima, his sons (Amiar, mourad Chafik and his daughter Chahinaz), are being prosecuted for several charges, including “money laundering”, “illicit enrichment”, “influence peddling” and “obtaining land tenure by illegal means”.

The two former Governors of Oran, Abdelmalek Boudiaf and Abdelghani Zaalane, the former Governor of Tipasa, Ghellaï Moussa, the former Governor of Tlemcen, Bensebane Zoubir, as well as the former director general of the Real Estate Promotion and Management Office (OPGI), Mohamed Rehaimia are, also, prosecuted in this affair.

As a reminder, the Algiers court sentenced Abdelghani Hamel to 12 years in prison, while his children received sentences ranging from 5 to 8 years in prison.

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