The former “powerful man in the shadows” of the regime will remain in prison after his conviction yesterday, on appeal, to eight years in prison. The younger brother of the late ex-president Abdelaziz Bouteflika expected, according to a member of the Algiers bar, a “more lenient verdict” after having already benefited of two successive acquittals. At the end of the hearing, he said he was, according to the same source, “appalled” by his conviction, synonymous with his continued detention in El Harrach prison.
Algeria: the new life of VIP detainee Saïd Bouteflika in El Harrach
His co-defendant, the former boss of bosses Ali Haddad, already convicted in several corruption cases, receives four years of detention in the same case of hidden financing of the presidential election campaign canceled in April 2019. Said Bouteflika and Ali Haddad were prosecuted for “money laundering, influence peddling and failure to declare assets”.
Haddad et Bouteflika charge each other
It seems a long time ago when the former adviser to the presidency exchanged friendly hugs with the boss of the public works group ETRHB. Like on July 29, 2017, at the El Alia cemetery, during the burial of the former head of government Redha Malek. In an atmosphere of contemplation, the cameras of private television channels then captured the image of Saïd Bouteflika joking with Ali Haddad, one of the most prominent oligarchs in the country. The two men had also left in the same car after them funeral.