Justice: Former Minister of Relations with Parliament Khaoua sentenced to 10-year prison term

ALGIERS- The Economic and Financial Criminal Pole of the Tribunal of Sidi M'hamed (Algiers) handed down, Tuesday, a 10-year prison sentence to the former Minister of Relations with Parliament, Tahar Khaoua, prosecuted in a corruption case, accompanied with a fine of 3 million dinars.

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ALGIERS- The Economic and Financial Criminal Pole of the Tribunal of Sidi M’hamed (Algiers) handed down, Tuesday, a 10-year prison sentence to the former Minister of Relations with Parliament, Tahar Khaoua, prosecuted in a corruption case, accompanied with a fine of 3 million dinars.

The son of the former minister, Zakaria Khaoua, was also convicted of four years in prison and a fine of one million dinars, with the confiscation of all property and bank accounts seized by order of the investigative judge at the Sidi M’hamed Tribunal. The former governor of Batna, Mohamed Soleimani, was convicted of three years in prison and a fine of 100,000 dinars.

Former minister Tahar Khaoua is being prosecuted, in this case, with six (6) co-defendants, including his son Zakaria, the former wali of Batna, Mohamed Soleimani, the notary Hakima Abdesmed, the former inspector general of the wilaya of Batna, Mohamed Bouslimani, the director of National domain of the wilaya of Batna, Benhenni Arzouli, and the former director of the CPA agency of the wilaya of Batna, Abdelhak Abdelaziz.

They are being prosecuted for influence peddling with a view to obtaining undue advantages, illicit enrichment, money laundering, threat of defamation, acceptance of guarantee checks and false testimony.

The public prosecutor at the Tribunal of Sidi M’hamed (Algiers) requested, on Wednesday, a sentence of fifteen (15) years in prison with a fine of three (3) million dinars against the former Minister of Relations with Parliament, Tahar Khaoua, prosecuted in a corruption case.

The public prosecutor also requested a sentence of ten (10) years in prison with a fine of three (3) million dinars against the son of the former minister, Zakaria.

In addition, a sentence of seven (7) years in prison with a fine of one (1) million dinars was requested against the former Governor (Wali) of Batna, Mohamed Slamani, and a sentence of six (6) years in prison with a fine of one (1) million dinars was requested against the notary Hakima Abdesmed.

The representative of the Public Ministry also requested sentences ranging from three (3) to six (6) years in prison and fines of one (1) to three (3) million dinars against the other defendants.

The prosecutor also requested the confiscation of all the seized property.

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