ALGIERS, 5 January 2021 – Algeria’s former prime minister, Ahmed Ouyahia, was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison on corruption charges.
The Sidi M’hamed court in the capital, Algiers, also sentenced Algeria’s former ministers of tourism and transport, respectively Ammar Ghoul and Abdelghani Zaalan, to three years in prison in the same case.
Ouyahia was Prime Minister from 16 August 2017 to 12 March 2019.
He had previously held the same position from 1995 to 1998, from 2003 to 2006, and from 2008 to 2012.
The court found Ouyahia, the two ministers and other government officials charged with them of being embroiled in a number of corruption cases.
The acts of corruption reportedly occurred while these officials held positions in the government of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika who ruled the country for more than 20 years.
Bouteflika was forced to resign in April 2019 by weeks of massive street protests.