The phases of the trial of the nefarious gang’s symbols that took place in the Abane Ramdane Court in the capital Algiers revealed the “absurdity” that the country was going through during the reign of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, by unconstitutional forces, which was marked by the intimidation of some ministers and businessmen by certain “unconstitutional” forces who held sway at that time.
The former Prime Minister, Abdel Malek Sellal, who spent about five years at the head of the government, and more than eight years at the head of the Ministry of Water Resources, which had the highest budget for supplies (due to the large number of projects), among the other ministries, confessed before the judiciary in the case of Car assembling, that he had no authority over the former Minister of Industry and Mines, Abdessalam Bouchouarab, now a fugitive from justice.
And if the admission of Sellal in the same situation as it was, it might be considered an attempt to evade the responsibility he bears with what the country has reached, but Bouchouareb rebellion against Sellal was known to many media men at the time, and the reason was his bullying of the former president’s brother and his special advisor, namely Said Bouteflika.
The latter was sentenced to15 years in prison by the Military Court in Blida, in the case of conspiracy against the authority of the army and the state, together with the former head of the DRS, Lieutenant General Mohamed Mediène, called Tewfiq, as well as the coordinator of security services, Major General Bachir Tartag, and the former official spokesman of the workers’ party Louisa Hanoune.
Signs of the “car assembling” scandal began on April 29, 2014, when Bouchouareb was chosen to take over the portfolio of the Ministry of Industry in the third Sellal government, and in the fourth Sellal government (May 8, 2015) the mines became part of the Ministry of Industry, after it was part of the Ministry of Energy.
On that day, those familiar with economics and especially the automobile assembly sector were convinced that the “gang” decided to assemble the powers of this sector, which used to organize the import of cars, and then combining them later, in one ministry, which is the Ministry of Industry and Mines, and then put it in the hands of one person, namely Bouchouareb who was Said Bouteflika’s instrument of destruction, after it was divided between two ministries, namely “Energy” and “Industry”.
During that period, the former president was absent from the running of the country, and his brother and his special advisor, Said Bouteflika , turned to be the final ruler, after he seized the presidential stamp, according to the description of many official and unofficial parties,
Bouchouareb was considered very close to Said Bouteflika, as he imposed it as a candidate for the National Democratic Rally party in the legislative polls of 2012, against the will of the party’s general secretary at the time, former Ahmed Ouyahia, who did not put him in the first list before the president’s brother intervened and imposed him after reviewing the list that was delivered to the Ministry of the Interior.
This harmony between Bouchouareb and Said Bouteflika readily explains the words of defendant Sellal, who complained before a judge of the court of Sidi M’hamed about the rebellion, of his then industry minister, which also intersects with the incident of ending the duties of the former Prime Minister, Abdel Madjid Tebboune, curiously enough from the cemetery of El Alia at the funeral of the former Prime Minister, Réda Malek, where “Said Bouteflika, Ali Haddad and Abdel Majid Sidi Said” were unashamedly conspiring against Tebboune, an incident that did not take long before Tebboune was left in the lurch and removed from the Premiership.