Algeria offers the latest example of countries where former national leaders have fallen to abysmal shame, having been tried, found guilty and jailed for corruption.
Two previous prime ministers of the country during the two decades’ dictatorship of deposed President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who was forced out of power by the military this year following protracted nationwide protests, Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Selled, have been sentenced to a total of 27 years imprisonment for their roles in squandering public funds through money laundering and abusing their authority by granting undue privileges.
Other ex-Algerian public officers sentenced to various terms of imprisonment ranging from two to 10 years in the case include two former industry ministers, a former governor of Boumerdes Province and eight businessmen.
Another former industry minister, Abdeslam Bouchouareb, who is at large, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in absentia.
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