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Former Algerian Energy Minister Chakib Jelil sentenced again to 20 years in prison for corruption

Former Algerian Energy Minister Chakib Jelil sentenced again to 20 years in prison for corruption

20 Jan. (EUROPA PRESS) –

A court has convicted former Algerian Energy Minister Chakib Jelil of corruption, in a new sentence in absentia against the former politician, now a fugitive in the United States after the court also ratified the international arrest warrant against him.

This sentence follows another of 20 years declared last year against Jelil, investigated for the payment of bribes by a subsidiary of the Italian giant ENI to obtain contracts.

The Sidi M’Hamed Anti-Corruption Court in the capital, Algiers, has also sentenced former ministers Amar Ghoul (Transport) and Mohamed Bedjaoui (Foreign), along with two former heads of the state oil operator Algeria, Sonatrach, Nuredin Buterfa and Abdelmumen uld Kaddur, as reported on Thursday by the official Algerian news agency APS.

Jelil, on whom the aforementioned arrest warrant had been placed since 2013, returned to Algeria in 2016 after a provisional withdrawal of the charges. However, he ended up fleeing the country in 2019, after the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, at which time the investigations resumed.

A possible extradition of Jelil from the United States seems unfeasible right now due to the absence of bilateral agreements in this regard between Algeria and the United States, according to specialized lawyers reported to the Jeune Afrique news portal.

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