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Two former Algerian Prime Ministers jailed for corruption



Two former Algerian Prime Ministers jailed for corruption

A court in Algeria has sentenced two former Prime Ministers; Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal to five years in prison each after they were both found guilty on corruption charges.

The two former Algerian Prime Ministers were accused by local prosecutors of influence peddling and having had illicit dealings with the directors of a local telecoms company.

The two former Algerian Prime Ministers served in governments under President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who was forced from office by pro-democracy street protests last year.

Both the former prime ministers had already been convicted and jailed in an earlier corruption case.

READ ALSO: French court sentences repentant Algerian jihadist to life imprisonment

This came days after a court in France sentenced a repentant jihadist identified as Sid-Ahmed Ghlam who shot dead a young mother as he prepared to attack a French church to life imprisonment.

The court issued the order after Ghlam; an Algerian student presented himself in court in Paris as a repentant jihadist.

The Algerian national claimed that he was manipulated by Islamic State handlers in Syria, five years ago to attack a church in Villejuif, south of the capital but never carried out the attack.

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