Who Is Said Bouteflika? His Ties To Algerian Presidency And His 2021 Jail Sentencing

Said Bouteflika, who is the brother of Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the late deposed president of Algeria and who also served as special adviser to his late brother has been sentenced to Two years in jail by an Algerian court yesterday, October 12 2021 for “Obstructing the course of justice”, as reported by the official Algeria Press Service, APS.

Said Bouteflika: Brother of deposed Algerian leader sentenced to 15 years -  BBC News
Said Bouteflika

During the late president lengthy tenure (27 April 1999 – 2 April 2019) it was widely believed that Said Bouteflika would have had “considerable influence” on his brother, especially when the late president suffered a serious stroke in 2013.

The late president was forced to resign from office in the aftermath of mass protests and unrest against his bid for a fifth term in office in 2019, he died last month, on the 17th of september 2021.

The resignation of the late president has been followed by a chain of prosecutions against senior members of his inner circle, the most important among them, his brother Said.

The former justice minister Tayeb Belhachemi who was a chiefly accused at the trial in Dar El Belda was handed six years in jail while tycoon Ali Haddad was sentenced to two years, APS said. Both were close to the former president.

The court acquitted six other defendants.

Said Bouteflika, 63, was arrested in May 2019 and sentenced to 15years for “plotting against the state and the army” during the final days of his brother’s rule.

On January 2, he was acquitted of those charges by a military appeals court, but was handed to a civil court to face trial on corruption charges.


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