The First Chairman of the Supreme Court, pursuant to the orders of the Justice Minister, Belkacem Zaghmati, ordered investigators to reopen the largest corruption files that were locked in archives and even forgotten and even the “obsolete” that cost the state treasury thousands of billions of dollars.
This includes 10 files that are affecting strategic sectors such as agriculture and irrigation, foreign trade and electronic industries, in addition to files that are described as heavy, especially those related to the customs sector and banks.
Echorouk sources revealed that the army command asked the Justice Ministry to open all the files of corruption that were “locked in the stairs” to investigate with all those who escape justice and punish them according to the Code of Criminal Procedures.
On this basis, advisers to the Supreme Court – each according to his competence – will open those files, which cost the treasury thousands of billions, and according to Echorouk sources, 40 projects for the agriculture sector, which were found to have been manipulated, such as the project of the construction of dams and water basins, afforestation, and the establishment of irrigation canals and drilling wells.
He also commissioned the investigator to reopen the investigation into the import file of the locust control medicine, which cost the public treasury more than DZD 800 billion that was wasted in powder purchased by the Supreme Steppe Governorate on the grounds that it is imported from abroad, but investigations revealed that the deal with a private trader was conducted in suspicious ways.
The First Chairman of the Supreme Court also ordered the reopening of the investigation into the files of customs corruption, which in turn incurred the public treasury a huge amount of money that is enough to build 150.000 social housing estimated at 10 billion US dollars, similar to the file of export of ferrous and non-ferrous waste, which cost the public treasury severe losses estimated at DZD 1.500 billion according to the confidential report that is on the table of the Public Prosecution at the Supreme Court.
This case noticed the involvement of 12 customs officials and five major exporters on charges of falsification in an official editor and wasting public money, but the case was classified on the basis that it was obsolete, after the destruction of some of the large files in the port of Algiers and Oran, which are 25 files containing tens of billions of dinars.
The details were revealed by a correspondence dated October 3, 2004, and was issued by officials in the port of Algiers, including the loss of inspection records, which amounted to 19 files, with the total value, according to the correspondence, of more than DZD 3 billion that were classified as obsolete by customs and penal limitations by force of law and this is expressed by the waste of public money due to negligence and bad management.
In addition, the First Chairman of the Supreme Court commissioned an investigative adviser to reopen the file of forgery and fraudulent use and foreign currency illegal transfer abroad.
The damage to the public treasury, according to the same report, was estimated at DZD 2000 billion, and the file of importing electronics and households by the system “SKD and CKD”, which caused damage to the public treasury (more than DZD 1000 billion).