Rabat - The military court of Blida in Algeria issued detention orders against five top military members, who were dismissed for alleged corruption and abuse of power.
Rabat – The military court of Blida in Algeria issued detention orders against five top military members, who were dismissed for alleged corruption and abuse of power.
According to AFP, the five military officers are Menad Nouba, Said Bey, Habib Chentouf, Abderrazak Cherif and Boudjemaa Boudouaour.
The sacked major generals appeared before the court today, October 14.
The officers are among a long list of military members sacked at the request of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
The purge of military officers started in July.
The court has decided to place the military officers in pre-trial detention after their third hearing.
Algerian authorities also confiscated the passports of the senior military members.
In September, Alg24 reported that invistgations were opened as part of others opened into several top officials suspected of corruption following the seizure of 701 kilograms of cocaine at the port of Oran in May.
In September, Argentinian analyst Adalberto Agozino provided his analysis for Alternative Press Agency on Algeria’s sacking of senior military figures at this specific time.
He said that Algeria is conducting a vast purge within its army and police in order to “ensure the success” of the next presidential election, which will take place in early 2019/
In April, the Algerian ruling party, the National Liberation Front, called on Abdelaziz Bouteflika to run for a fifth term in the election.
Former French ambassador to Algeria Bernard Bajolet criticized Bouteflika in an interview with Le Figaro.
The former French official, who also served as head of the General Directorate of External Security (DGSE) questioned Bouteflika’s ability to lead.
“President Bouteflika, with all the respect I feel for him, is kept alive artificially. And nothing will change in this transition period,” he said.