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Algeria’s Ex-finance Minister Appears Before Court in Corruption Case

Algeria’s Ex-finance Minister Appears Before Court in Corruption Case

Sunday, 16 June, 2019 - 10:15
Demonstrators carry banners and flags during a protest demanding the removal of the ruling elite and prosecution of former officials linked to former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in Algiers, Algeria June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina
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Algeria’s state television reported former Finance Minister Karim Djoudi as standing before the Supreme Court on Sunday to face questions about corruption accusations.

State television gave no details on Djoudi's case and his lawyer was not immediately available for comment.

He has not been charged but joins a series of senior figures associated with former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to face investigations, Reuters reported.

Djoudi's hearing came days after the same court ordered the detention of ex-prime ministers Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal, as well as former trade minister Amara Benyounes for “dissipation of public funds and awarding illegal privileges”.

Djoudi served as finance minister under Ouyahia from June 2007 to May 2014 when he resigned on health ground before being named Bouteflika’s adviser for the past two years.

According to Reuters, several prominent businessmen, some of them close to Bouetflika have been detained at a prison in Algiers over corruption allegations.

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