Algerias Judiciary Puts Former PM Ahmed Ouyahia in Provisional Custody

Rabat – The investigation judge at the Supreme Court in Algeria ordered the provisional detention of Algeria’s former Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia. Ouyahia is suspected of involvement in many corruption cases. Dozens of people were waiting for Ouyahia’s arrival at the Supreme Court, throwing yogurts on the van transporting him to the prison. Algeria’s former minister of transportation, Abdelghani Zaalane, is also expected to appear before the court.Read also: Algeria’s Hostility to Morocco Expands Into its Education SystemOn Sunday, June 9, Ouyahia, along with other senior officials, were summoned by an investigating judge of the Algiers court for ‘granting privileges’ to the owner of a car assembly plant.It is the second time in two months that the former prime minister has appeared in court in connection with corruption investigations. Ouyahia was previously summoned on April 30 for ‘squandering public funds and undue advantages.” Since the resignation of Abdelaziz Bouteflika, several wealthy businessmen have been held in custody for benefiting from government contracts through their links with senior Algerian officials.

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