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Wednesday March 25, 2020

An Algerian court upholds prison sentences for two former prime ministers

The World – Algeria

The court also cut prison sentences for five years in half for former industry ministers, and reduced prison terms for prominent businessmen.

It was decided to imprison the former prime ministers Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdel-Malik Sallal for 15 years and 12 years, respectively, on charges that include “wasting public funds, misusing power and granting illegal benefits.”

The cases relate to the auto assembly industry in Algeria and the illegal financing of the election campaign of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

It is worth noting that former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who ruled Algeria for 20 years, resigned in April 2019, under pressure from protesters who refused his intention to run for a fifth term in office and who also demanded the prosecution of persons involved in corruption and the removal of the ruling elite.

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