In Algeria, the purge of relatives of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika continues. On Monday, December 4, a court in Algiers sentenced Ahmed Ouyahia, the former Algerian prime minister, to seven years in prison for his involvement in a corruption case in the tourism sector.
This is a new verdict against Ahmed Ouyahia. Former Algerian Prime Minister, the last to serve during the Abdelaziz Bouteflika era, has been in jail since June 2020 following a conviction in other corruption cases. Cases in which he was sentenced to 15 years in prison and seizure of his property.
This time, on December 26, the prosecution requested a 12-year prison sentence. It will ultimately be a seven-year prison sentence for the former prime minister with a fine of one million Algerian dinars. In this case of corruption in the hotel sector, his co-accused investor Saifeddine Ben Fassih was sentenced to four years in prison. The verdict was announced on Monday, January 4, 2021 by the court, Sidi M’Hamed of the Algerian capital.
Since the revolution, several charges have been brought against Ahmed Ouyahia. He is accused in particular of money laundering, involvement in corruption cases in the car collection sector and the granting of privileges to business people.
Two former ministers, tourism and public works, were sentenced to three years in prison. The same court also handed down a two-year prison sentence to the two former Welsh (at the head of the territorial communities of Algeria) in Skikda who were involved in the same case. While another former Wali was sentenced to five years in prison.