AA / Algeria / Aksil Ouali
The public prosecutor at the criminal court of Dar El Beida, east of Algiers, requested 10 years in prison against Tayeb Louh, former Algerian Minister of Justice, and 7 years in prison against Saïd Bouteflika, brother adviser to the deposed ex-president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
In his indictment pronounced on Monday, on the second day of the trial of the former minister, the representative of the prosecution also asked for a ban on exercising any high office against the former Minister of Justice, prosecuted for “abuse of function ”,“ obstructs the proper conduct of justice ”,“ forgery in official writing ”and“ incitement of judges to bias ”.
The prosecutor also demanded 7 years in prison against Saïd Bouteflika, brother of the former president who died a few weeks ago.
The same sentence is requested against the businessman, Ali Haddad, the former Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice, Laâdjine Zouaoui, the former Inspector General of the same ministry, Tayeb Belhachemi.
The general prosecutor’s office also requested a 3-year prison sentence against the rest of the accused, namely the judges, Mokhtar Belahrach, Samoun Sid Ahmed, Khaled Bey, as well as the lawyer Derfouf Mustapha.
The latter are being prosecuted for “their interventions, on the instructions of the former Minister of Justice Tayeb Louh, in the falsification of official documents and judgments”.
As a reminder, the accused are being prosecuted for the case of the annulment of the international arrest warrant issued in August 2013 against the former Minister of Energy, Chakib Khelil, as well as the case of intervention, by order of the Minister of Justice Louh, with a view to “falsifying a report with retroactive effect in order to admit a candidate during the legislative elections of May 2017”.
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