Justice/ Court of Algiers: 16 years in prison requested against former Police Head Hamel

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ALGIERS – The Attorney General at the Court of Algiers, on Thursday, requested a 16-year prison sentence against the former Director General of National Security, Abdelghani Hamel, with a fine of eight (8) million DA, while a sentence of 12 years in prison with a fine of eight (8) million DA, were required against his three sons Amiar, Chafik and Mourad.

The Attorney General, also, requested three (3) years in prison with a fine of eight (8) million DA against Hamel Chahinez and the upholding of the verdict pronounced against Salima Annani, wife of the former DGSN.

Abdelghani Hamel, his wife and his four sons are being prosecuted for charges relating to corruption cases, including “money laundering”, “illicit enrichment”, “influence peddling” and “obtaining land holdings by illegal means”.

In the same case, the Attorney General requested a five (5) year prison sentence against the former Director General of the Office for Promotion and Real Estate Management (OPGI), Mohamed Rehaimia, and two (2) years in prison with a fine of two (2) million DA against the two former Governors of Oran Abdelmalek Boudiaf and Abdelghani Zaalane. The same sentence was required against the two former Governors of Tlemcen and Tipaza, respectively Bensebane Zoubir and Ghellaï Moussa.

In addition, the Attorney General requested the freezing of all bank accounts, and the confiscation of the real estate as well as movable property seized during the investigation.

The Algiers court sentenced Abdelghani Hamel to 12 years in prison and handed down verdicts ranging from 5 to 8 years in prison against members of his family.

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