Tahkout appeal trial: Prosecution requests tougher sentences against main defendants, led by former Premiers

ALGIERS- The Attorney General of the Court of Algiers, on Sunday, requested the tougher sentences against the main defendants in the case of businessman Mahieddine Tahkout, led by former Prime Ministers Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal.

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ALGIERS- The Attorney General of the Court of Algiers, on Sunday, requested the tougher sentences against the main defendants in the case of businessman Mahieddine Tahkout, led by former Prime Ministers Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal.

These defendants are being prosecuted for embezzlement of public funds, granting undue advantages and awarding contracts in violation of the law in force.

The Attorney General called for the toughening of sentences against former Prime Ministers Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal and former ministers of Industry and Transport, Youcef Yousfi and Amar Ghoul respectively, as well as businessman Tahkout Mahieddine, his son Bilal and his brothers Nacer, Rachid and Hamid.

A five-year prison sentence with a fine of two million dinars has been requested against the acquitted defendants on charges of embezzlement of public funds and granting privileges to others.

It should be remembered that this case was re-enrolled at the Court, after the Supreme Court rejected, last May, all the cassation appeals lodged by the defendants and accepted that of the prosecutor-General’s office concerning the sentences handed down, on November 18, 2020 by the Court of Algiers against certain accused.

The cassation appeals lodged by the civil parties and the judicial agent of the Public Treasury were accepted in form and in substance.

The Algiers court sentenced businessman Mahieddine Tahkout to fourteen (14) years in prison and former Prime Ministers Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal to five (5) years in prison.

Former ministers Youcef Yousfi and Amar Ghoul received an eighteen (18) month suspended prison sentence and former minister Abdelghani Zaâlane was acquitted.

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