Algeria, February 13, 2020


Car assembly case involving Ouyahia, Sellal: Appeals court adjourns trial

Algeria – The Appeals Chamber at the Algiers court adjourned this Wednesday, February 12, the trial of the two ex-ministers over the file of corruption linked to the car assembly.

The appeal proceedings of the two former prime ministers, Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal, as well as the former industry ministers, Youcef Yousfi, Abdessalem Bouchouareb (on the run), Mahdjoub Bedda, of Public Works alongside three car dealers , Ahmed Mazouz, head of the group which bears his name, and Hacène Arbaoui, owner of Kia Motors Algeria, Ali Haddad, head of the ETRHB group, Mohamed Bairi, head of Iveco, have been adjourned today by the Court of Algiers.

Judged on corruption charges, Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal were sentenced to 15 and 12 years respectively, while Abdessalem Bouchouareb, who fled abroad, was sentenced to a maximum of 20 years of prison with an international arrest warrant. Mahdjoub Bedda and Youcef Yousfi were sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The court imposed a sentence of 7 years in prison with seizure of their property against the businessmen Ali Haddad and Ahmed Mazouz, while Hacène Arbaoui was sentenced to 6 years in prison. Mohamed Bairi, meanwhile, was sentenced to 3 years in prison. Former Minister of Public Works and Transport Abdelghani Zaâlane was acquitted following his trial with respect to the secret financing of the election campaign for the 5th term of ex-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.


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