In Algeria, the official APS news agency indicated that Saïd Bouteflika, the younger brother of the late President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, was sentenced by a Algiers court to two years in prison for obstructing “proper conduct of justice”. The prosecutor had demanded seven years in prison for “forgery of official documents” and “abuse of office”. In the same case, justice prosecutes several other officials of the old regime in Algeria.
Saïd Bouteflika, formerly influential adviser to his brother president, has already been in prison since May 2019, when he was arrested along with three co-accused and sentenced to fifteen years in prison. It was during a swift trial in a military court for “conspiracy against the army”.
The army had by then stopped supporting Abdelaziz Bouteflika to emerge from the crisis born of Hirak, the popular protest movement against the sick president’s fifth term.
Saïd Bouteflika did not appear alone In January 2021, a military appellate court acquitted Saïd Bouteflika. But it was already cited in other cases under investigation. Under a command order for “trafficking in influence”, he was then transferred to a civilian prison.
Saïd Bouteflika did not appear alone before the court in Algiers. Tayeb Lauh, the former Attorney General, the main defendant in this case, was sentenced to six years in prison, while Ali Haddad, the former employer chief, was sentenced to two years, as was the former inspector of the Ministry of Justice.