Algeria Court Orders Two Former Ministers Held Over Corruption Allegations

Algeria’s Supreme Court on Monday ordered two former ministers to be taken into custody over suspected corruption, state television reported. The former public works and transport minister Abdelghani Zaalane and ex-labour minister Mohamed El Ghazi are the latest senior officials to be detained since protesters earlier this year demanded the prosecution of people involved in corruption and the departure of the ruling elite.

A judge at the Supreme Court ordered their detention over charges including “intentional waste of public property”, the state channel said. Five former ministers have now been detained since February, when the protests broke out, after investigations over alleged corruption under the former regime.

Algeria has postponed a presidential election initially planned for July 4, citing a lack of candidates. No new date has been set for the vote.

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