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Ex-premier Ouyahia jailed in Algeria anti-graft case: TV

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It said a judge at a hearing ordered Ouyahia, 66, to be held in provisional detention at El Harrach prison, an eastern suburb of Algiers, without giving details.

The ex-premier is the latest prominent figure to be caught up in fraud probes since ailing president Abdelaziz Bouteflika was forced to step down on April 3 following weeks of mass protests.

The television said a former public works minister, Abdelghani Zaalane, appeared like Ouyahia before a supreme court judge on Wednesday, but it did not give the outcome of his hearing.

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Ouyahia, an unpopular figure, served four times as prime minister from 1995, three of them during Bouteflika’s two-decade rule.

He was finally abandoned by his longtime master on March 11 in a last-ditch bid to hang on to power.

After pushing Bouteflika to quit, protesters have kept up their rallies, calling for a complete overhaul of Algeria’s political system, improved living standards and the eradication of corruption.

Ouyahia and Zaalane are on a list of 12 former top officials whose cases have been submitted to the supreme court as part of a corruption probe against business tycoon Ali Haddad.



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