Algeria court docket jails brother of deposed President Bouteflika

Said Bouteflika sentenced to 2 years in jail for ‘obstructing the course of justice’, native media stories.

The highly effective youthful brother of deposed late Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been sentenced to 2 years in jail for “obstructing the course of justice”, the official APS information company has reported.

President Bouteflika was pressured to resign within the face of mass protests in 2019 towards his bid for a fifth time period in workplace and died in September of this 12 months, aged 84.

His departure was adopted by a string of prosecutions towards senior members of his inside circle, most prominently his brother Said who had been seen as the true energy behind the throne after the longtime ruler suffered a stroke in 2013.

The prosecution known as for seven years’ jail for Said, who was charged, together with different former officers, for “abuse of office”, “inciting the falsification of official documents”, “obstruction of justice” and “contempt of court”.

The most important accused on the trial in Dar El Beida, east of Algiers, was former justice minister Tayeb Louh.

He was handed six years in jail whereas tycoon Ali Haddad was sentenced to 2 years, APS reported on Tuesday. Both have been near the previous president.

Ex-inspector common of the ministry of justice Tayeb Belhachemi was additionally sentenced to 2 years in jail.

The court docket acquitted six different defendants.

Said Bouteflika, 63, was arrested in May 2019 and sentenced to 15 years for “plotting against the state and the army” throughout the ultimate days of his brother’s rule.

On January 2, he was acquitted of these expenses by a navy appeals court docket however was handed to a civil court docket to face trial on corruption expenses.

Dozens of different figures near Bouteflika, together with outstanding enterprise leaders and fewer highly effective officers, stay in jail.


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