Justice: Appeal trial of former Police Head Hamel adjourned

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BOUMERDES- The Criminal Chamber at the Boumerdes Court of Justice adjourned, Wednesday, to December 15 the new appeal trial of the former Director General of National Security (DGSN), Abdelghani Hamel, his son, former walis and ex-executives of the wilaya of Tipasa, prosecuted in a case of “embezzlement of agricultural land” and “abuse of power”.

The adjournment of the trial in this case, reopened after a cassation appeal lodged with the Supreme Court, comes at the request of the defense collective due to the absence of the main accused in this case, Abdelghani Hamel, who is present at the Court of Algiers for the pronunciation of the verdict of another case.

The Boumerdes tribunal of first instance rendered its verdict, in this case, on June 4, 2020, condemning the former DGSN, Abdelghani Hamel and the former wali of Tipasa Moussa Ghelai to twelve years (12 years) in prison.

He also confirmed the sentence of 10 years in prison against each of the ex-walis of Tipasa, Kadi Abdelkader and Layadi Mustapha, as well as the sentence of three (3) years in prison against Chafik Hamel (son of the former DGSN ) and Salim Djai Djai, former head of the security of the wilaya of Tipasa.

The same tribunal sentenced to 4 years of suspended prison, the former Minister of Finance, Hadji Baba Ammi, and to 5 years in prison, the former director of the real-estate of Tipasa, Ali Bouamrane.

A sentence of two (2) years in prison was pronounced against the former Director of Industry and Mines of Tipasa, Haddou Abderrezak, and the former Land Conservator of Koléa, Mohamed Bouamama, in addition to a firm year in prison against the private investor Zerad Abdelhakim.

The former Director General of real-estate, Kheznadji Djamel was acquitted.

The defendants, in this case, are being prosecuted for several charges, including “embezzlement of agricultural land”, “embezzlement of public funds”, “abuse of office”, and ” influence peddling”.

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