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Former head of Algeria’s Sonatrach to face trial over corruption

The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday extradited a former chief of Algeria’s state oil and gas company Sonatrach to face trial over alleged involvement in corruption cases, Algerian state television reported. Television footage showed Abdelmoumene Ould Kaddour handcuffed and surrounded by policemen on his arrival at Algiers airport. The Gulf… Read More

Former Algerian Premier Sentenced For Corruption

An Algerian criminal court sentenced a former prime minister and energy minister to prison on corruption charges, in the latest crackdown on former officials in an OPEC nation struggling to allay youth discontent with the former regime. Former Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia was sentenced to 12 years while ex-Energy Minister… Read More

Algeria’s ex-industry minister detained over alleged graft: state TV

Algeria’s supreme court on Wednesday placed former industry minister Youcef Yousfi in custody over alleged corruption, state television reported. Yousfi became the latest senior official to be detained in anti-graft investigations since protests erupted earlier this year demanding the prosecution of people seen by demonstrators as corrupt, as well as… Read More
14th June 2019
Algeria’s supreme court on Thursday remanded ex-prime minister Abdelmalek Sellal in custody over graft allegations, state TV said, in a crackdown on alleged corruption and cronyism among associates of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The court later ordered the detention of former trade minister Amara Benyounes over his alleged involvement in… Read More
13th June 2019
Algeria’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered former Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia be held in custody after he faced a judge over a corruption investigation, state TV reported, sending some Algerians onto the streets in celebration. The court later also detained former transport and public works minister Abdelghani Zaalane after a… Read More
27th May 2019
An Algerian prosecutor has asked the supreme court to investigate two former prime ministers and eight former ministers for alleged corruption, state television reported on Sunday, citing a statement from the prosecution. Mass protests broke out in Algeria earlier this year demanding the removal of the ruling elite and the… Read More
30th April 2019
Algeria’s army chief of staff said on Tuesday several big corruption cases would come to light in a crackdown on systemic graft, private channel Ennahar TV reported. A number of figures from the ruling elite including the finance minister, ex-prime minister and several oligarchs have come under investigation over corruption… Read More
30th April 2019
Algeria’s finance minister and ex police chief appeared in court on Monday, joining a list of powerful figures to face judicial investigations since mass protests forced the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika this month. Finance Minister Mohamed Loukal – a former central bank governor who only got the job from… Read More
22nd April 2019
Five Algerian billionaires, some of them close to former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika who quit over mass protests, have been arrested as part of an anti-graft investigation, state TV said on Monday. The five are Issad Rebrab, considered the richest businessman in the energy-rich north African nation who is especially active… Read More
13th February 2019
Police in France and Italy have swooped in on suspected members of a gang that operated a ‘complex’ network which involved moving dirty cash to Algeria from Europe. The criminal cash flows are estimated at €5 to €7 million per month. “Money originating mainly from drug trafficking and tax evasion… Read More
16th October 2017
Smuggling cigarettes has become such a profitable business for extremist groups, so much that former Algerian military commander of al-Qaeda in Maghreb extremist Mokhtar Belmokhtar was also known as Mr. Marlboro. More than three quarters of all cigarettes smoked in Libya are illicit, as over 13 billion cigarettes in the… Read More
28th July 2016
The law firm at the center of the Panama Papers leak may have helped facilitate an alleged multi-million corruption scheme tied to Sonatrach contracts won by Saipem. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists found that Mossack Fonesca helped Farid Bedjaoui create a Swiss bank account that was used to purchase “shelf” companies in the… Read More
22nd February 2016
Algiers — The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) hailed the significant progress made by Algeria in improving its fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism, said Saturday the Ministry of Finance in a statement. Read More