The Criminal Court of Dar El Beida municipality, east of the capital Algiers, on Monday, examined a serious criminal case related to an international criminal network that was active in the prohibited trade of arms and ammunition, which were brought from foreign countries and smuggled into Algeria via the eastern border of the country.
The smuggled arms were funneled from the eastern province of Bouira to the capital Algiers for sale, before being exposed by the services of the National Gendarmerie during the delivery of the last illegal deal at a security checkpoint.
On the other hand, the Court refused yesterday, the temporary release of some of the defendants by setting the date of March 19th for the trial of 14 of them, with two of the accused now still in the run, aged between 30 and 45 years.
The details of the file, according to available information, date back to May 2016, when a suspect was arrested at a Gendarmerie security checkpoint on the road leading to Bouira, and who was on board a utility car.
After monitoring the unusual driver’s behavior, the car was searched and eventually 14 weapons including 10 rifles and 4 automatic pistols were found hidden under the rear seat of the vehicle. The suspect was then subjected to investigation and admitted that the car belonged to his brother-in-law.
The same defendant also acknowledged that he was transporting the weapons inside the car in return for money, with sums ranging from 10 to 15 thousand dinars each time, at the request of individuals belonging to the arms smuggling ring, with the overall financial value estimated at 57 million centimes (DA).
The security services’ investigation is meanwhile still underway to unravel all the intricacies of the criminal case.