Former public works minister sentenced to 12 years in prison for corruption

The former Algerian Minister of Public Works, Abdelkader Kadi, was sentenced by the Court of Sidi M’hamed in Algiers to 12 years in prison for corruption.

The former member of the Algerian government is tried in this case, with his wife and son, on several counts, including “money laundering”, “illicit enrichment”, “false declaration”, “concealment of income from acts of corruption” and “violation of the laws and regulations of foreign exchange and the movement of capital from and to abroad”.

The judge at the economic and financial penal division of the Court of Sidi M’hamed in Algiers also sentenced his wife and son to 3 years in prison, with confiscation of all assets and property seized in the context of this case. .

As a reminder, during the trial held last week, the prosecution at the same court requested a 16-year prison sentence accompanied by a fine of three million dinars against the former Minister of Public Works , Abdelkader Kadi. He also requested seven years in prison and fines of three million dinars against the members of the family of the former minister.

The former minister and his family, according to the results of the investigation revealed during the trial, own “luxurious real estate properties in France and this, without declaring their source”.

Abdelkader Kadi had also received large sums in his bank account on behalf of foreign companies without any justification.

The vast investigations into corruption and nepotism launched after the resignation in April 2019 of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, under pressure from an unprecedented popular protest movement “Hirak”, have led to a series of trials that are still ongoing.

Several personalities and former political leaders, as well as powerful bosses, senior civil servants and senior army officers are tried in the context of these trials. They are prosecuted, in particular, for corruption and illicit enrichment.

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