Algeria Abdelaziz Bouteflika's brother sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiracy

Algeria: Said Bouteflika sentenced to 15 years in prison for “conspiracy”

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The man was tried for “attacking the authority of the army” and “conspiracy against the authority of the state”

Said Bouteflika, brother of ousted president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, tried for “undermining the authority of the army” and “conspiracy against the authority of the state” by an Algerian military court, was sentenced to 15 years in prison The official APS news agency reported on Wednesday.

General “Toufik” and his successor at the head of the intelligence Athmane Tartag, as well as the general secretary of the Workers Party (PT, Trotskyists) Louisa Hanoune, tried in the same case before the military court of Blida, south of Algiers, were given the same penalty, according to APS.

  • Said Bouteflika, the strongman of the regime

The Tribunal also sentenced former defense minister and former army chief Khaled Nezzar, his son Lotfi, to imprisonment for 20 years, and Farid Benhamdine, manager of the Algerian Pharmacy Society, all three tried in absentia in the same case.

The public prosecutor’s office of Blida on Tuesday demanded 20 years in prison for Said Bouteflika, who had emerged as the strongman of the regime and the other defendants tried in this trial, opened Monday away from the cameras. Only the lawyers and families of the accused have the right to attend the hearings. This emblematic trial takes place after a wave of mass arrests in the entourage of Abdelaziz Bouteflika forced to resign in early April after months of a protest movement unpublished.

  • A conspiracy against the army?

Judicial inquiries were then opened into allegations of corruption against former political leaders and businessmen, accused of having benefited from their privileged links with Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s regime. The deposed president’s brother and two former intelligence bosses were jailed on May 5th. Louisa Hanoune, head of the PT (Trotskyist), was remanded in custody four days later.

The defense admitted that Louisa Hanoune had attended a meeting with Said Bouteflika and General “Toufik” on March 27, the day after a statement by the army chief of staff, General Ahmed Gaïd Salah, requesting publicly the departure of Abdelaziz Bouteflika. A few days later General Gaïd Salah had accused, without naming them, Said Bouteflika and Generals Mediene and Tartag of plotting against the army.

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