Algeria – (AFP) – An Algerian court on Tuesday evening issued a two-year prison sentence with enforcement against Said Bouteflika, the younger brother of late President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, after convicting him of “obstructing the course of justice”, the official news agency reported.
The Public Prosecution had asked the Casablanca Criminal Court (the eastern suburb of Algiers) a seven-year prison sentence with enforcement against Bouteflika, who was tried along with other former officials, most notably former Minister of Justice Tayeb Louh, on charges of “obstructing the good course of justice” and “abusing the position.” and “Incitement to bias and forgery in official documents.”
On Tuesday evening, the official news agency said that the court had sentenced the former Minister of Justice to six years in prison, while Ali Haddad, the head of the Businessmen Association during the era of the late President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, had been sentenced to two years in prison, which is the same penalty it inflicted on the former Inspector General of the Ministry of Justice, Tayeb Belhachem.
The court acquitted the other six defendants in this case.
Said Bouteflika, 63, who was an advisor to his brother, the president, was arrested in May 2019 and appeared before a military court along with three other defendants and was sentenced to 15 years in prison for “conspiring against the authority of the state and the army.”
On January 2, 2021, he was acquitted in the Court of Appeal and transferred to the civil prison to be prosecuted in other cases.
Since the resignation of Abdelaziz Bouteflika under the pressure of the popular movement and the army demonstrations in April 2019, the Algerian judiciary has begun to open files of corruption and has ruled and condemned many officials and businessmen.