Former Algerian justice minister sentenced to two years in prison

LThe judge at the court which handled, on appeal, the case of the former minister in detention since 2019, thus reduced his initial sentence which was three years in prison. He also lifted the frost on the minister’s family villa. However, Tayeb Louh is not leaving prison because of his indictment in another case, related to the cancellation in 2013 of the international arrest warrant issued at the time against the former Minister of Energy, Chakib Khelil , who took refuge in the United States, we learned from the Turkish news agency Anadolu.

Prosecuted in the same case, the businessman Tarek-Noah Kouninef was sentenced to the same sentence, while the former inspector general of the Ministry of Justice, Tayeb Benhachem, received a 18 month suspended prison sentence.

The Attorney General at the Court of Algiers had requested last week a 10-year prison sentence against the three defendants, with confiscation of all property and bank accounts seized in the context of this case.

Last October, the former Algerian Minister of Justice under Bouteflika, Tayeb Louh, was sentenced to 6 years’ imprisonment by the criminal court of “Dar el Beida” in Algiers for “incitement to falsify official documents”.

The vast corruption investigations launched after the resignation in April 2019 of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, under pressure from an unprecedented popular protest movement, the Hirak, had led to a series of trials still in progress.

Several personalities and former political leaders, as well as powerful bosses, senior civil servants and senior army officers are tried in the context of these trials. They are prosecuted, in particular, for corruption and illicit enrichment.

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