Chakib Khelil Received Bribes In Exchange For The Emirati Petrofac Deal
Sonatrach’s former General Manager Mohamed Meziane and officials at the Energy Ministry are pursued by the Dean of Examining Magistrates of the Financial and Economic Pole, who will refer the file to trial soon.
The judicial expertise in UAE Petrofac’s scandal file, which was opened by the Algerian judicial services, revealed the involvement of the former Energy and Mines Minister Chakib Khelil in receiving bribes worth billions in exchange for handing over a project to complete liquefied natural gas in Arzew (Oran, western Algeria), worth $4 billion, which is more than DZD 7000 billion, a case that also involved the former president and general manager of Sonatrach, Mohamed Meziane, officials in the energy ministry and the largest oil company in Algeria Sonatrach.
In the details that Echorouk possesses, the Dean of Examining Magistrates in the First Chamber of the National Pole Court specialized in combating financial and economic crime in Sidi M’hamed in Algiers, informed the defendants in the Emirati Petrofac file, including the former President and General Manager of Sonatrach Mohamed Meziane and former officials in the company and the Ministry of Energy and Mines, with judicial expertise and that the deadline will end today, Sunday, January 31, and that the file will be referred to the scheduling department for its programming at the level of the financial and economic pole, and it will be the first file in which the former Minister of Energy and Mines, Chakib Khelil, will be tried, against whom international arrest warrants were issued, along with his family members.
The judicial expertise in the file of the UAE company “Petrofac”, which the investigating advisor referred to the Supreme Court under the number “0007/20”, to the financial and economic pole, revealed that the deal obtained by “Petrofac”, related to the project to complete the liquefied natural gas station in the industrial zone of Arzew in Oran province (western Algeria), estimated at $4 billion, or more than $7000 billion, as it was suspicious and was carried out in violation of the law on public procurement, and that the company gave a bribe of billions of dinars to Chakib Khelil, who used his influence and pressurized the former president and general manager of Sonatrach Mohamed Meziane to sign the deal.
Chakib Khelil and officials who are involved with him in the case are facing heavy charges that are included in the Anti-Corruption and Prevention Law 06/01, which relate to “taking for himself and others, directly and indirectly, bribes, benefits and privileges and granting them to others”.
The accused are facing charges of intentionally misuse the position to perform work within the framework of the exercise of the position to obtain undue benefits and granting them to others, taking illegally benefits directly and indirectly from contracts, tenders and contracts concluded by the institution (director and supervisor), money laundering and criminal proceeds resulting from corruption crimes within the framework of an organized criminal group across national borders, and transferring property and funds resulting from criminal proceeds to disguise their illicit source and acquire and possessing property and money resulting from criminal proceeds.