The trial of the former Minister of Justice, Tayeb Louh, ended on Tuesday, October 12 at the Criminal Court of Dar El Beida (Algiers).
This case concerns several files, including that of the annulment of the international arrest warrant issued against the former Minister of Energy under Bouteflika, Chakib Khelil; currently on the run abroad.
Today, it was the turn of Said Bouteflika’s lawyers to plead the defense of their client. Me Hadjouti Salim was one of the first to intervene, pleading total acquittal; by dismissing all charges against Said.
Indeed, Mr. Hadjouti let it be known that it was Abdelaziz Bouteflika who was behind the cancellation of the international arrest warrant against Chakib Khelil; issued by the Attorney General of the Court of Algiers at the time, Belkacem Zeghmati.
“My client transmitted the instructions of his brother the president (Abdelaziz Bouteflika, editor’s note) who had ordered Minister Louh to review the legal procedures related to this international arrest warrant issued by Zeghmati at the time,” he said. said.
Said Bouteflika speaks
After a long exchange between the lawyers and the judge; the hour of the passage to the bar to strike for Said Bouteflika. “I have heavy secrets that could shake the pillars of the state,” he said.
“I was threatened by the investigating judge of the Military Court of Blida, Colonel Amalou, who made me an accused on the basis of a false investigation”, he defended by addressing to the judge.
“Before becoming an advisor to the president; I was a professor at the University of Bab Ezzouar and a member of a union, but I made a promise to myself and I decided to follow the path of those who raised me. May God grant me his help to die with dignity and in silence like my brother and President Boumedienne ”, he added before the trial ended.
A few hours later, the verdict came. Said Bouteflika is sentenced to two years in prison with a fine of 100,000 dinars.