13 (Xinhua/GNA) -The Algerian Supreme Court on Thursday held former Prime Minister
Abdelmalek Sellal in custody over charges of corruption, state-run ENTV
against Sellal include abuse of power, squandering public funds, and violation
of public procurement procedures to provide unjustified advantages for
businessmen, ENTV said.
Sellal is the
second former high ranking government official in custody after another former
Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, during a wide-scale anti-corruption campaign in
the North African nation since the fall of the regime of ousted President
Abdelaziz Bouteflika in April.
A total of 12
former senior government officials have been summoned for trial so far.
general prosecutor at the Supreme Court requested the Algerian parliament to
lift immunity of the senators Boudjemaa Talai and Amar Ghoul from prosecution.
said senators and former ministers Djamel Ould Abbes and Said Berkat had
renounced their immunity.
large-scale anti-corruption campaign in Algeria comes amid popular protests
that denounce the poor governance and dirty money and demand the guilty be
brought to justice.
army officers and prominent politicians, including Said Bouteflika, brother of
ousted President Bouteflika, the former intelligence chiefs Mohamed Mediene and
Athmane Tartag, and the general secretary of the opposition Workers' Party
Louisa Hanoune, have already been put behind bars.