2 Ex-Algerian Prime Ministers Sentenced to Jail on Corruption Charges

The Sentencing Comes Days Ahead of Presidential Election

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Two former Algerian prime ministers have been sentenced to jail on corruption charges in connection with the 2014 car manufacturing embezzlement scandal.

Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal were found guilty of abuse of office and other charges. Ouyahia was sentenced to 15 years in prison while Sellal will spend 12 years behind bars.

The two premiers were among 19 people accused of abuse of office, money laundering and granting undue privileges in the car manufacturing industry.

Abdesalem Bouchoureb, a serving cabinet minister, was sentenced to 20 years in absentia.

The convicted men have ten days to file appeals against the sentences.

The sentencing comes ahead of presidential elections following the resignation of long-time President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in April.

The president left office after mass protests against the widespread corruption and repression by the governing party.