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Algeria charges ex-Tunisia presidential candidate with smuggling migrants

Nabil Al-Qarawi [Wikipedia]
Nabil Al-Qarawi [Wikipedia]

The Algerian judiciary has charged former Tunisian presidential candidate, Nabil Karoui, and his lawmaker brother, Ghazi, of smuggling migrants and entering the country illegally, privately-owned Radio Mosaique FM reported.

The radio station quoted Algerian judicial sources as saying that authorities in Constantine charged Nabil and Ghazi Karoui of participating in people smuggling through an organised criminal group.

The Karoui brothers have been investigated in money laundering and tax evasion cases since 2017. Nabil was arrested for interrogation before he was temporarily released in mid-June.

Tunisia and Algeria have an extradition treaty, which states either party "shall hand over every person present in the soil of one of the two countries and who is subject to prosecution or sentenced by the judicial authorities of the other."

READ: Ex-presidential Tunisia candidate to appear before Algeria court

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