Will French Wheat Control Over Algeria’s Imports Come To An End!
Momentous details were revealed by the judicial authorities in the case of financial and administrative corruption that was monitored at the level of the National Office for Grains, which had dangerous dimensions, as it related to economic espionage for the benefit of a foreign country, namely France.
The information provided by the public prosecutor at the court of Sidi M’hamed, regarding the scandal of the former inspector general and advisor to the director general of the National Professional Council for Grains, “A.H”, revealed in an unprecedented manner some of the data that lead to the backgrounds of the control of the former colony, France, over Algeria’s wheat imports.
The accused is in pretrial detention, and after the outbreak of the case, it was revealed that he had spent more than 33 years working as an executive in the Professional Board of Grains, until he assumed the position of Inspector General in 2013, as a management executive during which he was able to chair the Special Committee on Procurement, which plays a pivotal role in selecting the nationality of imported wheat.
The investigations revealed by the public prosecutor revealed that the imprisoned executive had an intense movement towards France at a rate of once every two months, and the investigations also showed that he owns several properties in the capital, in addition to accounts in several financial institutions in Algeria that reach the equivalent of about 200,000 euros in addition to accounts with the equivalent of 62 thousand euros, and a third account exceeding 12 thousand dollars, in addition to three accounts in Luxembourg, and another account in France with the equivalent of two million euros and another amccount exceeding two million dollars.
The previous financial sums were not only what the suspect executive had collected, according to the investigations of the authorities concerned, but also the equivalent of 15 thousand euros (in the national currency), three thousand pounds sterling, and more than 12 thousand US dollars.
All these financial amounts are impossible for an employee with the specifications of the imprisoned executive to collect them even within a century … The investigations and chapters of the suspect’s upcoming trial will unveil the shadowy sources of these funds, even if the information revealed by the public prosecutor at the Sidi M’hamed court indicated the source of these funds when he spoke about the heavy movements of the accused to France.
The scandal of the Inspector General of the Board of Grain comes about a week after the ousting of the former director general of the relevant office, Abderahmane Bouchahda, against the background of corruption cases together with a number of other officials of the Office.
Last week, media reports talked about suspicions of economic espionage in favor of France, pursuing some of the executives of the Algerian Office of Grains, who received concessions in granting unjust public deals, in the case of importing wheat from abroad with double amounts and in a suspicious way.
Algeria has been one of the largest importers of French wheat for many decades. One of the Frenchmen interested in exporting grains had earlier expressed surprise at the control of French wheat over Algerian imports of this cereal product, despite its poor nutritional value, as well as its high price, compared to Russian and Ukrainian wheat, a paradox that observers were unable to decipher .