Towards a tougher sentence for Haddad and Said Bouteflika

For a few years now, the Algerian justice has chained trials against several ministers and statesmen, senior officials and executives but also businessmen of the Bouteflika era, who have been involved in corruption cases.

Among these cases we find the one that caused a lot of talk, that of the hidden financing of the 2019 presidential election, where the former president of the republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, was a candidate. Are involved in this affair, Said Bouteflika, Ali Haddad but also the former Prime Minister, Abdelmalek Sellal.

Today, Tuesday September 20, took place the trial in appeal, of the former adviser and brother of the deposed president, Said Bouteflika and the businessman, Ali Haddad. The Public Prosecutor at the Court of Algiers has requested a 10-year prison sentence and a fine of one million dinars against Saïd Bouteflika, the former adviser to the President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in the case of occult financing of the canceled presidency of April 2019. Therefore a toughening of the sentence for the two accused.

He also requested a similar sentence against Ali Haddad. Further requesting the confiscation of all real estate and funds of the two defendants. Said Bouteflika and Ali Haddad are prosecuted for: hidden financing of the electoral campaign; but also for money laundering, influence peddling, abuse of office and non-declaration of assets.

Said Bouteflika and Haddad sentenced to 8 and 4 years in prison in this case

The criminal division specializing in financial and economic crimes of the court of Sidi M’hamed in the capital had initially sentenced Saïd Bouteflika to an 8-year prison sentence in this case. The court also sentenced him to compensate the public treasury up to 3 million dinars.

The court had also sentenced Ali Haddad in the same case to 4 years in prison, while he had benefited from the acquittal in relation to the charge of secret financing of the canceled presidency of April 2019 for the benefit of the former presidential candidate Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

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