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Algerian court jails brother of former president Bouteflika for 2 years

Said Bouteflika jailed for ‘obstructing course of justice’

Abderrazak Boulkemh   | 13.10.2021
Algerian court jails brother of former president Bouteflika for 2 years

ALGIERS, Algeria

An Algerian court sentenced the brother of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to two years in prison for “obstructing the course of justice”, according to the state radio on Wednesday.

The court also jailed former Justice Minister Tayeb Louh for six years in prison and businessmen Ali Haddad for two years in the same case.

The verdicts can still be appealed before a higher court.

Prosecutors had called for a seven-year jail term for Said Bouteflika on charges of abuse of office, inciting the falsification of official documents, obstruction of justice and contempt of court.

Said Bouteflika, 64, the younger brother of the former Algerian president, was arrested in May 2019 on accusations of undermining the army’s authority and conspiring against the state. He was cleared of the charges earlier this year.

*Writing by Bassel Barakat in Ankara

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