The referral decision in the case of the former Justice Minister, Tayeb Louh, included important names including ministers, businessmen and officials in the justice authorities, as they are involved in the file that was adapted last Tuesday by the Indictment Chamber at the Algerian Judicial Council based on “felony”, and it was referred to Algiers’ Sidi M’hamed National Pole Court that is specialised in combating financial and economic crime.
According to the details contained in the referral decision, the accusation chamber of the Algerian Judicial Council adapted the accusation that both the brother and advisor of the former president, Said Bouteflika, and the businessman and former chairman of “FCE” Ali Haddad are pursuing, based on a misdemeanour, as they benefited from release in the case, while the rest of the defendants and under the Criminal Procedures Law face a “felony” according to the adaptation of the same accusatory room.
According to Echorouk information, the matter relates to each of the former Energy Minister, Chakib Khelil, his wife Arafat and his two sons, the former General-Secretary of the Justice Ministry “L.Z”, the General Inspector of the Justice Ministry “B.I”, the Director of Civil Affairs and the State Seal at the Justice Ministry “B.H”, the former president of the Algerian Judicial Council “B.M”, and a former public prosecutor at the Boumerdes Judicial Council, named “Z.J”, in addition to the investigative judge of the former criminal pole of Sidi M’hamed, “S.S.A” and the former representative of the republic at Sidi M’hamed court “B. Kh”.
The investigating advisor at the Supreme Court and before referring the file to the National Pole Court that is specialized in combating economic and financial crime directed the charges against Tayeb Louh based on “felony”, and this is in contrast to the corruption cases in which the first two ministers, Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal, and several ministers were involved because they were included in the “privilege of litigation” procedure.
According to Article 573 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the charges that are followed are all subject to “misdemeanour”, meaning that the economic and financial pole investigation judge supported the adaptation of the investigating advisor to the Supreme Court, and the latter in turn supported the adaptation of the Supreme Prosecutor to the same court for the charges against the former Justice Minister, Tayeb Louh, based on a “felony”, to transfer the files to the Public Prosecutor at the Algerian Judicial Council, who programmed them in the indictment room in the presence of the defendants’ defence.
Tayeb Louh is pursued in this file with the felony of abuse of the job, obstruction of the good course of justice, incitement to prejudice, incitement to forgery in official documents, in favour of certain parties, while Said Bouteflika was charged upon hearing him by the investigating advisor with the charge of inciting employees to prejudice in the judicial authority, and influencing judicial decisions and rulings by examining short messages (SMS) to the phone of the former Justice Minister, Tayeb Louh, in which he was ordered to intervene in several cases at the level of courts and judicial councils at the national level, which impeded and affected the work of judges and prosecutors of the republic and general attorneys.