Algerian ex-minister dies of Covid-19 in prison

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A former Algerian cupboard minister detained in a corruption case has died from the COVID-19 sickness, his brother stated Saturday.

Ex-telecom minister Moussa Benhamadi, 67, who used to be on the subject of ousted president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, shriveled the unconventional coronavirus previous this month and died on Friday, his brother Abdelmalek Benhamadi advised AFP.

He had shriveled the illness in jail and been transferred to an Algiers health center the place he died.

Some other brother, Hocine Benhamadi, advised the website online of French-language day by day Liberte that the ex-minister had fallen unwell on July four and used to be handiest hospitalised 9 days later.

Algeria has declared some 22,000 instances of COVID-19, together with greater than 1,000 deaths.

Moussa Benhamadi have been held in pre-trial detention at El Harrach jail since September 2019 as a part of an investigation into corruption involving the Algerian high-tech company Condor Electronics.

Bouteflika, who used to be Algeria’s longest-serving president, used to be compelled to renounce in April final yr after shedding the backing of the military amid huge boulevard protests towards his choice to hunt a 5th time period.

Following his departure, government introduced a string of graft investigations into participants of his entourage accused of abusing their energy.

Bouteflika’s tough brother Mentioned and two former intelligence chiefs had been jailed, as have tough businessmen and previous executive ministers.

Benhamadi’s brother and head of Condor Electronics, Abderahmane Benhamadi, used to be launched in April from provisional detention on suspicion of corruption.

Some other brother, Omar Benhamadi, director normal of the circle of relatives industry Condor, remains to be in the back of bars.


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