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Said Bouteflika, brother of the former Algerian president, in court - RFI

2019-09-22T22:23:25.373Z

The brother of ousted president Abdelaziz Bouteflika is accused of attacking the authority of the army and conspiring against the authority of the state. He had been



By RFIPalled on 23-09-2019Modified on 23-09-2019 at 00:09

The brother of ousted president Abdelaziz Bouteflika is accused of attacking the authority of the army and conspiring against the authority of the state. He was arrested on May 4 with two former intelligence officials, Mohamed Mediene said Toufik and Bachir Athmane Tartag.

The Bleda military court is preparing for a spectacular trial. He must examine the charges of conspiracy against Said Bouteflika, the brother of the former president, Mohamed Mediene and Athmane Tartag, former security officials, Louisa Hanoune, leader of the Workers Party, but also on the former head General Staff Khaled Nezzar.

The trial is also an opportunity for a show of strength. Chief of Staff Ahmed Gaïd Salah regularly designated the " gang " as hostile to the country's interests and promised to neutralize it.

What the military justice blames them for, are several meetings to organize a transition, at the time when Ahmed Gaïd Salah called for the dismissal of Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Said Bouteflika in the sights of Gaid Salah

It is at the end of March that the wind turns for Saïd Bouteflika, just days before the resignation of his brother president . Become a target of the protesters, he has also entered the sights of General Gaid Salah. In a statement issued on March 30, he attacks " extra-constitutional forces " and " gangs " accused of conspiring around the demands of the people. The soldier then evokes a secret meeting and promises to give names later.

The president's brother is not quoted, but he is one of the targets. The last weekend of March, he would have indeed worked in the shadows on a way out of crisis with the complicity of General Mohamed Mediène said Toufik, a former chief of intelligence .

People were afraid to mention his name. It was really amazing!

Isabelle Werenfels, on the importance of General Toufik in the Bouteflika regime

22-09-2019 - By Carine Frenk

General Nezzar looses Saïd Bouteflika

On April 30, new evidence against him aggravates his case: General Khaled Nezzar, former defense minister, assures that Saïd is about to declare a state of emergency to stop the dispute and that he plans to dismiss Ahmed Gaïd Salah.

The brother of the former president would have multiplied maneuvers and shenanigans to take control over the course of the transition. And this especially for fear of being arrested, according to the confidences of General Nezzar to the press.

After the arrest of Ali Haddad, the boss of the bosses who is said to be very close, he is arrested in turn on May 4 . General Mohamed Mediène and General Athmane Tartag are also arrested that day. The three men are brought before the military court of Blida, and accused of attacking the authority of the army and conspiring against the authority of the state.

Saïd Bouteflika, in the shadow of his brother

Long wick on the forehead, blue eyes and small mustache. Saïd Bouteflika is physically the copy of his brother president, in younger. Since the stroke of the latter, it was said that he was the strong man who pulled the strings to serve a personal ambition. For years, he had indeed been willing to succeed his brother, a will never expressed in public, but which regularly fed the debate.

Because if Abdelaziz Bouteflika enjoyed with some Algerians a certain aura related to his career and his person, his brother has never aroused the same enthusiasm quite the contrary. The transplant between Saïd and the Algerian people has never taken and the possibility sometimes evoked of a candidacy has always been swept by the Algerians.

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