Hidden financing of 2019 presidential campaign: Appeal trial adjourned

ALGIERS- The Court of Algiers postponed, Tuesday, to August 21 the appeal trial of the case of the secret financing of the presidential campaign of the late former president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, candidate for the canceled presidential election of 2019.

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ALGIERS- The Court of Algiers postponed, Tuesday, to August 21 the appeal trial of the case of the secret financing of the presidential campaign of the late former president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, candidate for the canceled presidential election of 2019.

The adjournment occurred following the absence of witnesses in this case, including the former Prime Minister, Abdelmalek Sellal.

Saïd Bouteflika, brother and former adviser to ex-president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and businessman Ali Haddad are being prosecuted in this case.

The Economic and Financial Criminal Pole of the Tribunal of Sidi M’hamed (Algiers) sentenced, last June, Saïd Bouteflika, to eight (8) years in prison in the case of the hidden financing of the canceled presidential election campaign of April 2019, and Ali Haddad to four (4) years in prison.

In addition to the hidden financing of the electoral campaign, the defendants are prosecuted for “money laundering, influence peddling, abuse of office and non-declaration of assets”.

Saïd Bouteflika was also ordered to pay 3 million DA to the public treasury.

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