Former Algerian Prime Minister Sellal Detained In Corruption Case - Reports
Muhammad Irfan 12 days ago Thu 13th June 2019 | 09:36 PM
Algeria's Supreme Court on Thursday ruled to place former Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal in custody after he was questioned in connection with a graft case, local media reported
Sellal appeared before the Supreme Court earlier on Thursday as part of anti-corruption investigations into senior officials linked to Algeria's former longtime president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the Nahar tv channel reported. The politician is suspected of wasting public funds, abusing power and giving preferential treatment to individual businessmen.
Sellal headed the government during the last years of Bouteflika's rule. He was considered to be one of the closest politicians to the ex-Algerian leader and even ran his last three re-election campaigns.
The public, discontent with the ailing president, took the streets in a wave of anti-government protests. Despite Bouteflika withdrawing his re-election bid on March 11 and postponing the vote, initially scheduled for April 18. the people demanded immediate changes and continued to protest.
Bouteflika eventually stepped down on April 2. The speaker of the country's upper house, Abdelkader Bensalah, temporarily replaced the president, as is instructed by the constitution. Earlier in June, Algeria's Constitutional Council extended Bensalah's powers due to another delay in the presidential election, which had been rescheduled to July 4.