Algeria’s ex-industry minister detained over alleged graft: state TV
11 Jul 2019

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 the removal of the long-ruling elite.

Protesters and the military forced President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign on April 2, ending his 20 years in power. But protests have continued to press demands for the departure of others in the old guard that has dominated the oil- and gas-exporting country since independence from France in 1962.

Yousfi, who served as industry minister from August 2017 to March 2019, is accused of “dissipation of public funds and awarding illegal privileges”, state television reported, without providing details.

His legal representative was not immediately available for comment.

The supreme court last month ordered the detention of other senior officials including former prime ministers Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal for “dissipation of public funds”.

By Hamid Ould Ahmed, Reuters, 10 July 2019

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