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Algerian Army: Five Generals behind Bars on Corruption Charges

Algerian Army: Five Generals behind Bars on Corruption Charges

Monday, 15 October, 2018 - 13:30
People gather outside the court in Blida, 50 km west of Algiers, for the start of a graft trial January 8, 2007.REUTERS/Louafi Larbi - RTR1KZS8

The military court in Algeria has imprisoned five top military members, who were dismissed for alleged corruption and bribe. The five military officers are Menad Nouba, Said Bey, Habib Chentouf, Abderrazak Cherif and Boudjemaa Boudouaour.

Ennahar TV said the major-generals faced charges Sunday of "illicit enrichment" and "use of a senior officer's function for personal purposes."

Abdelghani Hamel, the head of the Algerian national police force, was dismissed in June, three hours after his statements to the media. He said that there have been dangerous violations in the initial probe and that when one wants to fight corruption then he must be clean, hinting on the leadership of the gendarmerie in the case of confiscating 701 kilograms of cocaine.

Algeria's People's National Army (ANP) General Ahmed Gaid Salah said that he lifted his hand of all officials in the army whose names were linked to Kamal Shaikhi. He added that he is willing to purge the military institution from corruption.

Notably, the series of sacking started in 2015.

All the changes that occurred inside the army institution and the news related to the litigation procedures of the sacked generals reached the Algerians through ‘leaking’. The official media channels were marginalized amid these huge events.

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