Corruption: Six years in prison for a former Algerian minister

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Algeria’s former culture minister, Khaleda Toumi, was sentenced on Thursday by the Sidi Mohamed court in Algiers to six years in prison and a fine of 200,000 dinars (1 euro = 157 dinars), specifically for “waste of public money”. Report to multiple media.

During her trial this week, prosecutors had requested 10 years in prison and a fine of one million dinars against the former minister, who was placed under a commitment warrant in November 2019.

He was being prosecuted for “misuse of office, waste of public money and giving undue advantage to third parties”.

In the same case prosecuted, Hamid Benblidia, the former Secretary-General of the Minister of Culture, was sentenced to four years in prison and a fine of 220,000 dinars, and Miloud Hakim, the former Director of Culture of Tlemsen, was sentenced to 2 years in prison and a fine of 220,000 dinars. . Fine of 200,000 dinars.

The massive investigation into corruption and nepotism launched after the resignation in April 2019 of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, under pressure from “Hiraq”, an unprecedented popular protest movement, has led to a series of trials that are still ongoing.

In the context of these trials a number of personalities and former political leaders as well as powerful bosses, senior civil servants and senior army officers are prosecuted. They are specifically prosecuted for corruption and illegal promotion.

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