Trial of three former Algerian PM's takes off
Algeria tries three former Prime Ministers, as well as other ministers and top officials for felonies carried out during Bouteflika's reign.
The trial of Algerian former prime ministers Noureddine Badawi, Ahmed Ouyahia, and Abdelmalek Sellal, along with 5 former ministers and several governors in a corruption case, began on Monday at the Sidi M'Hamed court in Algiers Province.
The case file also includes the fugitive former minister of industry Abdeslam Bouchouareb, the Minister of Industry and Investment Promotion Abdelhamid Temmar, as well as Houda-Imane Faraoun, Ammar Gul, Hussein Nasib, Arezki Baraki, Mohamed Loukal, in addition to the former governor of Jijel Ali Bedrici, former governors Abdelkader Zoukh and Hussein Wadeh.
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The defendants are tried for serious felonies, including granting privileges and credits, cutting deals and tax exemptions, squandering public funds, and exploiting their position and authority among other charges.
It is noteworthy that the Algerian judiciary arrested Noureddine Badawi last August, making him the third former prime minister to face prison on corruption charges.
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Former Prime Ministers Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal worked under former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and were sentenced to prison on corruption charges.
Last year, the Algiers Judicial Council issued a 15-year prison sentence against former Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and 12 years against former prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, along with a large group of senior prominent officials from the previous Bouteflika regime, including relatives and acquaintances of the imprisoned prime ministers.