March 5, 2021

Algerian Supreme Court dictates provisional imprisonment against two former ministers

The Supreme Court of Algeria on Monday issued provisional prison against former Minister of Transportation and Public Works Abdelghani Zaalan and former Labor Minister Mohamed al Ghazi for an alleged corruption case, state television reported today.

According to this source, both Zaalan and Al Ghazi are prosecuted as former governors of Oran (west) and Chlef (northwest) respectively and are charged with embezzlement and illegal use of public funds, influence peddling and abuse of power.

After the resignation of Algerian President Abdelaziz Buteflika on April 2, about sixty important businessmen and policy makers have been cited by Justice as suspects of having taken advantage of their links with the old regime to obtain public benefits or contracts.

The Supreme Court also issued preventive detention against two former prime ministers, Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal, and the former head of Commerce Amara Benyounes.

In addition, he released the former finance minister Karim Yudi and the former head of Transportation Amar Tu.

Some critical voices call into question that it is a cleaning campaign and point more to an adjustment of accounts by the current circle of power.

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