Haddad and Ghoul back in court

The sixth criminal chamber of the Judicial Council of Algiers has opened the file of the corruption case in which the businessman and the former president of FCE, Ali Haddad, is linked to the agreement to complete the work of the dualization project of the Ain Defla national road and its connection to the East-West motorway converter.

The former Minister of Transport and Public Works, Ammar Ghoul and Abdelkader Ouali are also involved in this affair. But also former directors of public works, Khelifaoui Ali and Benchenane Mohamed Abdel Samad, as well as Berouak Slimane, the general manager of the Algerian Road Works Company, as well as other defendants.

The case dates back to 2008, after the former minister of public works, Ammar Ghoul, gave an oral instruction to the former wali of Ain Defla, Abdelkader Kadi, and to the directors of public works, to start the works of the double-project of road n° 42, at a distance of 9 km in the wilaya of Ain Defla. He was tasked by Ghoul with awarding the project for the benefit of ETRHB to its then owner, Ali Haddad, after he was previously assigned to the Algerian road works company ALTRO in Skikda.

The defendants already convicted in this case

The case was rescheduled before the Judicial Council of Algiers, after the parties involved appealed against the decisions rendered by the judge of the criminal division specializing in economic and financial affairs, near the court of Sidi M’hamed, who sentenced the defendants to terms ranging from 4 years in prison to acquittal with confiscation of the movable and immovable property and bank accounts seized by the investigating judge from the convicted defendants.

The defendants face heavy charges related to the granting of unjustified privileges in the field of public procurement; abuse of power ; conflict of interest ; undue influence; participation in the waste of public funds; obtaining unjustified privileges in the field of public procurement; the abuse of influence with the aim of obtaining improper advantages and the offense of issuing certificates proving inaccurate facts.

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