Algeria: Senator Djamel Ould Abbes Arrested On Corruption Charges

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An Algerian senator close to former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was placed in pretrial detention on accusations of corruption.

A Supreme Court judge ordered Djamel Ould Abbes incarcerated in Algiers on Sunday over charges that include the squandering of public funds, illegally signing deals, and falsifying official documents when he was a government minister during Bouteflika’s first term, the official APS news agency reported.

Ould Abbes, who is also the senate’s vice president, waived his parliamentary immunity last month amid rising pressure against the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN).

Protests in the North African country first erupted on February 22 over Bouteflika’s decision to run for a fifth consecutive term, despite having suffered a debilitating stroke in 2013.

Bouteflika resigned on April 2 but nationwide protests demanding a complete overhaul of the political system continue to take place.

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