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A ‘Second ex-PM detained’ in Algeria corruption probe: State TV

PARIS, France – The former Prime Minister of Algeria Abdelmalek Sellal have been detained over allegations of corruption.

Sources from the country say the Algeria’s Supreme Court ordered the detention of the ex-prime minister.  The Algeria state TV also confirmed the detention.

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, the same court had ordered the detention of another former prime minister, Ahmed Ouyahia.

Ahmed Ouyahia

The Supreme Court ordered Ahmed Ouyahia be detained after he appeared before judges in connection with a corruption investigation on Wednesday.

The court also ordered the detention of the country’s ex-Transport Minister Abdelghani Zaalane in a similar case.

The two men served under former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who was forced to resign in April after weeks of street protests.

Since then, senior officials and rich businessmen who prospered during Mr. Bouteflika’s 20 years in power have been targeted in a series of corruption inquiries.

The country’s former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was forced to resign in April this year after weeks of massive street protests orchestrated by citizens from all walks of life in the country.

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Paul Stevens

Paul Stevens is a researcher, media issues analyst and senior contributor with Globe Afrique.

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