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Algeria: 12 years in prison for “Madame Maya”, Bouteflika’s “hidden girl”


“#Madame #Maya”, an #Algerian businesswoman who claimed to be the daughter of deposed #President #Abdelaziz #Bouteflika, was sentenced on appeal #Thursday to twelve years in prison for money laundering among other things, reports the official APS news agency.

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#This sentence handed down by a court in #Tipaza, near #Algiers, confirms the sentence imposed at first instance in mid-October by an #Algerian court.

#It is accompanied by “a fine of six million dinars (40,000 euros, editor’s note) and the seizure of his property,” said APS.

#Zoulikha #Nachinache, whose real name is, was notably found guilty of money laundering, influence peddling, squandering of public funds and illicit transfer of foreign currency.

#Network woman, the fifty-year-old admitted during her trial to have obtained advantages to materialize her investment projects after the intervention of #Mr. #Bouteflika but she denied having claimed to be her daughter.

#She claimed that her late father was a friend of the former president.

The prosecution had requested on appeal a fifteen-year prison sentence against him and ten years against his two daughters, #Imene and #Farah. The latter were finally sentenced to five years.

#Lire aussi : #Algérie: 15 ans de prison requis contre « #Mme #Maya », la « fille cachée » de #Bouteflika

#Unknown to the general public before this affair, “Ms. #Maya” built a colossal fortune on a rumor making her the “hidden daughter” of the former #Algerian head of state and widely relayed by his entourage. #She has thus benefited from many privileges and the protection of senior officials, such as the powerful former police chief #Abdelghani #Hamel.

#But his network of influence collapsed with the fall of #President #Bouteflika in #April 2019, ousted from power after twenty years by a popular uprising, the #Hirak.

#Investigators discovered a real #Ali #Baba cave during a search of his residence in #Moretti, an upscale seaside resort on the outskirts of #Algiers. They seized nearly 800,000 euros in #Algerian dinars, 270,000 euros, 30,000 dollars and 17 kilos of gold jewelry.

“Ms. #Maya” was tried with thirteen other defendants including former ministers #Mohamed #Ghazi and #Abdelghani #Zaalane, #Mr. #Hamel and several investors.

#Ghazi and #Hamel were sentenced to 10 years in prison on appeal and #Mr. #Zaalane to eight years, in this umpteenth corruption scandal at the end of the #Bouteflika era.

#Algerian justice launched a series of investigations for corruption after his forced departure. The serial sentences to heavy sentences have revealed the extent of the fortunes amassed by the entourage of the former head of state.



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https://www.h24info.ma/monde/algerie-12-ans-de-prison-pour-madame-maya-la-fille-cachee-de-bouteflika/

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