Algeria sentence two former prime ministers over graft

Algeria has sentenced two former prime ministers over alleged corruption related charges.

Abdekmalek Sellal and Ahmed Ouyahi were bothe sentenced to 12 and 15-year in jail respectively after they were found guilty of embezzling tax payers money.

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The two who are allies to former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika who stepped down after mass protest are the first to be charged since Algeria attained independence in 1962.

Other charges leveled against the two include abuse of power, money laundering and graft in the vehicle manufacturing scandal.

Abdesalem Bouchoureb who is a cabinet minister has been handed a 20-year jail sentence even though he is abroad.

An arrest warrant against the minister has been issued as the country is rocked with protest calling for action against corrupt leaders in the country.

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