13 Jun 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 hearing over alleged involvement in corruption, the channel said, without giving more details on his case.
Ouyahia and Zaalane are the most senior politicians to be detained since mass protests broke out earlier this year demanding the removal of the ruling elite and the prosecution of people demonstrators see as corrupt.
Hundreds of people celebrated outside a prison where prominent businessmen are also being held over corruption allegations, private television channels showed.
Ouyahia, who left the government in March as part of a cabinet reshuffle, is under investigation over cases including “awarding illegal privileges”, state TV said, without giving details.
He is the leader of Algeria’s second largest party, the Democratic National Rally (RND).
Neither men’s lawyers could be reached by phone for comment.
By Hamid Ould Ahmed, Reuters, 12 June 2019
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