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Algeria: 12 years in prison on appeal for Bouteflika’s “hidden girl”


#She calls herself “#Madame #Maya”. #An #Algerian businesswoman who claimed to be the daughter of deposed #President #Abdelaziz #Bouteflika was sentenced on appeal on #Thursday to twelve years in prison for money laundering among other things, reports the official APS press agency. #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 ( #Editor’s note: 40,000 euros ) and the seizure of his property ”.

#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. #Woman of networks, the fifty-year-old admitted during her trial to have obtained advantages to concretize her investment projects after the intervention of #Bouteflika. #She denied claiming to be her daughter, claiming 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 eventually received a five-year sentence.

#Network of influence that collapsed in 2019

#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.

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#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 kg of gold jewelry.

“Ms. #Maya” was tried with thirteen other defendants including former ministers #Mohamed #Ghazi and #Abdelghani #Zaalane, #Abdelghani #Hamel and several investors. #Ghazi and #Hamel were sentenced to ten years in prison on appeal and #Zaalane to eight years in this umpteenth corruption scandal at the end of the #Bouteflika era.

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#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.leparisien.fr/international/algerie-12-ans-de-prison-pour-la-fille-cachee-de-bouteflika-31-12-2020-8416828.php

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