Algerian court sentences ex-culture minister to prison for corruption – Middle East Monitor

A court in Sidi M’hamed in Algiers yesterday sentenced former culture minister Khalida Toumi to six years in prison and a fine of 200,000 dinars ($1,430) after convicting her of corruption, a reported the Algerian Press Agency (APS).

Toumi was the longest-serving minister in the era of the late President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. She held the culture portfolio between 2002 and 2014.

The same court also sentenced former ministry official Abdelhamid Blidia to four years in prison and a fine of 200,000 dinars ($1,430).

The former director of culture of the state of Tlemcen, Abdelhakim Miloud, was also sentenced to two years in prison and a fine of 100,000 dinars (715 dollars), according to the same source.

APS said the court issued its decision against the former minister and her officials for “abuse of power, granting of undue privileges and embezzlement of public funds, particularly during organized cultural events” while she was minister.

Among the events are “Algeria, the capital of Arab culture” in 2007, the African Festival” in 2009 and “Tlemcen, the capital of Islamic culture” in 2011

Judgments are preliminary and subject to appeal.

In November 2019, Toumi became the first senior official under President Bouteflika to be imprisoned.

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