the convictions of those responsible for the old regime

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On Tuesday, October 12, the Algiers court sentenced Saïd Bouteflika, younger brother and influential adviser to the former president, to two years in prison for obstructing “the proper conduct of justice”. Several other politicians and powerful businessmen were arrested after the fall of the Abdelaziz Bouteflika regime in early April 2019, under pressure from the Hirak and army protests. They were imprisoned or convicted, especially for corruption.

In most cases, the caciques of the former Algerian regime are condemned for alleged corruption, embezzlement, abuse of office or covert funding of the election campaign. They are dozens of former senior political leaders, leaders and leaders of the Bouteflika clan. They are now in the El-Harrach prison in Algiers.

This is the case with two former prime ministers, Abdelmalek Sellal and his successor Ahmed Ouyahia. Both, who have held the post of Prime Minister four times (twice each), have been convicted on several occasions of various embezzlements.

In addition, seven former ministers are behind bars. Among them is Tayeb Lauh, former Minister of Justice, or Abdelghani Zaalane, former Minister of Transport and short-term campaign manager for candidate Bouteflika for a fifth term. An eighth, Abdeslam Bouchareb, former Minister of Industry and Mining, was sentenced to 20 years in prison but fled abroad.

Two generals also sleep in prison: Mohamed Mediène, where Toufik and Bachir Tartag, as well as two general secretaries for FLN, but also the head of the national police and many influential businessmen, such as the head of employers Ali Haddad or Mahieddine Tachkout, one of the main car dealers in Algeria.

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