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Algerian Defense Ministry Denies Fleeing of General to Switzerland

Algerian Defense Ministry Denies Fleeing of General to Switzerland

Thursday, 6 August, 2020 - 06:30
A view of an empty street, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Algiers, Algeria March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina/File Photo

The Algerian Ministry of National Defence denounced on Wednesday ‘allegations’ by some opposition parties abroad that a senior officer from the army asked for political asylum in Switzerland.

Some individuals ran off abroad who indulge in disinformation and defamation, disseminated false information conceived in their imagination claiming that the Major General Meftah Souab, previous Commander of the 2nd Military Region was on the run in one of the European countries and that he was prosecuted in Algeria.

The Ministry of National Defense issued a statement on its website saying: "The Ministry categorically denies these allegations spread by these pseudo-journalists, who are, themselves prosecuted by Algerian justice and are on the run abroad.

"The Ministry of National Defense would like to point out that the Major General Meftah Souab has received support from the health and social services of the Ministry of National Defense, for medical care at one of the hospitals in a European country since February 2020, and that he never left this hospital for treatment in another country until his return to Algeria, August 4, 2020, after his doctors advised him to continue his medical treatment at the Central Hospital of the Army."

The Ministry strongly condemned such practices and said take appropriate legal measures to prosecute these individuals.

In another development, son of former late Algerian President Mohamed Boudiaf demanded ‘serious investigation’ into the assassination of his father – more than 28 years ago.

Boudiaf's son addressed Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune in a letter on Wednesday and demanded a thorough investigation to reach the truth. He added that the death of his father wasn’t a mystery, but a premeditated crime,

On June 29 of 1992, Boudiaf was shot dead as he delivered a speech in Annaba (600 kilometers away from the capital).

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