Algeria.. A former Prime Minister was sentenced to four effective years on corruption charges – Al-Youm 24

Yesterday, Sunday, the former Algerian Prime Minister, Noureddine Bedoui, was sentenced to four years in prison in a corruption case.

The Court of Appeal in the Algerian capital ruled the same penalty against former Health Minister Abdelmalek Boudiaf, for concluding a suspicious deal related to the construction of an air station in Constantine (east) when the two officials were governors in this state before they were promoted to the senior positions they held in the government during the Bouteflika era.

The judiciary accuses Algerian officials of inflating the financial cover allocated for this project, which was received after 10 years instead of the 48 months specified in the book of payments.

Last June, an Algerian court issued a five-year prison sentence and a fine of one million dinars against Noureddine Badawi and Abdelmalek Boudiaf.

Badawi, who assumed the presidency of the executive authority between March 2019 and December 2019, joins former prime ministers Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal, who are serving several prison sentences in cases of corruption and abuse of power.

The extensive investigations into corruption and nepotism cases that were launched after the resignation of the late President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in April 2019, under pressure from the popular protest movement “Hirak,” led to a series of trials that are still open.

In these trials, many figures and former politicians, as well as senior government officials and senior army officers, in particular, are being tried on charges of corruption and illicit enrichment.

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