It is the second time in less than two months that the former prime minister appears in court in connection with corruption investigations.
Rabat – Algeria’s former prime minister, Ahmed Ouyahia, along with other senior officials, was summoned on Sunday, June 9, by an investigating judge of the Algiers court for ‘granting privileges’ to the owner of a car assembly plant.
The courthouse has not disclosed whether the former prime minister is implicated in the affair or was called up as a witness, according to Maghreb Arab Press Agency (MAP).
Ouyahia was previously summoned on April 30 for ‘squandering public funds and undue advantages.”
Since the resignation of Abdelaziz Bouteflika, several wealthy businessmen have been held in custody for benefiting from government contracts through their links with senior Algerian officials.
Despite Bouteflika’s resignation and a wave of corruption eradication, the peaceful protests of the past 16 weeks continue.
Algerian protesters demand a radical change of the whole “corrupt system,” which would include the dismissal of every official from the Bouteflika’s era.