Loading articles...

Algeria jails second ex-prime minister in corruption sweep

ALGIERS, Algeria — Former Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal has been jailed in an anti-corruption sweep — the second former head of government in two days to be sent to prison while his case is investigated.

A statement on Thursday by the prosecutor’s office said that Sellal is being investigated for “corruption and dilapidation of public funds” among other things. He served as prime minister from 2014-2017.

His incarceration came a day after former Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, a leading political figure forced out in March, was sent to the El Harrach prison — where Sellal was jailed.

A former public works minister and campaign manager for ex-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was placed under judicial control Wednesday. Algerian media initially said that Abdelghani Zaalane was jailed.

The anti-corruption sweep comes amid a people’s revolt.

Aomar Ouali, The Associated Press

Latest Traffic & Weather
680 NEWS TRAFFIC @680NEWStraffic 680 News Traffic Twitter verified icon
Updated Today at 04:48 AM
Traffic spotters say all lanes are now blocked #SB400 at Dunlop to Essa. Forced off at Dunlop. Essa ramps are open.
Latest Traffic
680 NEWS WEATHER @680NEWSweather 
Updated Today at 05:29 AM
As of 5:25am (May 26) it feels like 21 at #Toronto YYZ. Just two weeks ago at this time, we were dealing with record cold lows!
Latest Weather