September 22, 2023

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Two former Bouteflika ministers sentenced to prison

TheThe convictions of Bouteflika’s men continued. Yesterday, the Sidi Mohamed court in the Algerian capital issued a ruling in the cases of former Central Bank Governor Mohamed Loukal and former Minister of Health Djamel Ould Abbas.

The first was sentenced to six years in prison for “Illegally acquired” The headquarters of the Technical Operations Center of the Bank of Algeria is in Hydra (the town of southern Algeria). Lokal was also fined one million Algerian dinars and deprived of his property, according to local newspapers.

The headquarters of the agency in question was previously in Boulevard de Che Guevara, not far from the port of the country’s capital, before it was moved according to Local’s decision to Hydra in the south of the capital Algiers. Then he is accused Waste of public money, abuse of power, and granting undue privileges to others..

As for the former Minister of Health, the Algerian judiciary accused him of being involved in a case “The embezzlement of funds for victims of terrorism granted by the Emir of Kuwait to support the families of the victims and victims.”.

During the “black decade” (the Algerian civil war between 1991 and 2002), then-Emir of Kuwait Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah gave Algeria a gift of five million dollars in favor of the victims of the terrorist acts they were subjected to. By country during this period. Ould Abbas is accused of embezzling at least $45,000 for his own benefit. In addition to the disappearance of the Kuwaiti check dedicated to Abdelaziz Bouteflika, then President of the Republic, the Algerian media identified.

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Since current President Abdelmadjid Tebboune came to power, several former senior officials, mostly ex-ministers, have been sentenced to prison on the basis of several cases, including fraud, corruption and embezzlement. Among these prominent figures under Bouteflika are Said Bouteflika, brother of the late ousted president, and two former prime ministers, Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal.