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Algeria ex-police chief in court on corruption charges

Algeria police [File photo]
Algerian police [File photo]

The former head of Algerian police, retired Major General Abdelghani Hamel, and his son appeared in court today on corruption charges today, according to state television.

The pair are accused of “illegal activities including misuse of power”, the report said.

The former official led the Algerian police from 2010 to 2018 and was one of the close security figures of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Last week, Algerian authorities detained a number of businessmen close to Bouteflika for interrogation over corruption charges.

READ: Algerian protest leader calls for 6-month transition period

Early this month, 82-year-old Bouteflika announced his resignation following several weeks of popular protests against his 20-year rule.

Abdelkader Bensalah, a former speaker of parliament, is currently serving as interim president for a 90-day transitional period – overseen by the army – during which presidential elections will be held.

Demonstrators, however, have continued to call for the removal of all government officials associated with the Bouteflika regime, including Bensalah.

They are also demanding accountability for Said Bouteflika, the former president’s influential brother who also served as his advisor.

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