An Algerian court has handed down verdicts in a major corruption case, sentencing two former prime ministers to years prisons and heavy fines, Qatar-based outlet Al Jazeera reported Tuesday.
About half a million workers lost jobs when several Algerian companies investigated for corruption discontinued operation,reports Middle East Monitor.
Algerian courts ordered the arrest of three former ministers from President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s administration on Monday and Tuesday, the latest in a series of corruption charges against the previous President’s allies.
Two former Algerian prime ministers have been detained this week for their involvement in a corruption scandal in a sweeping purge of officials that have served the Bouteflika government.
Algeria arrested five billionaires on Monday, two weeks after the country’s president stepped down after tens of thousands of people protested for weeks against his corrupt reign.
During a New Year’s Eve operation, Algerian authorities arrested 14 suspected smugglers and seized weapons from an illegal gold mining group, the country’s Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday.
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