Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Algeria

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Algeria

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See also Libya, Tunisia

May 7: A court handed down 14 jail sentences in addition to fining seven foreign companies in the conclusion of a high-profile corruption case. The case addressed allegations of corruption, money laundering, and embezzlement of public funds in relation to a highway construction project that President 'Abd al-'Aziz Bouteflika had planned to be one of his greatest legacies. While the four year project began in 2006 with a budget of $6 billion, it had still not been completed at the time of the suit, and was $7-11 billion over budget. [AFP, 5/7]

May 19: The army ambushed a meeting of armed Islamic extremists in the Boukram forest near Algiers. Twenty-one people were killed, while two were captured along with a weapons cache of rocket launchers, automatic rifles, and homemade bombs. According to military intelligence sources, the meeting was allegedly called to discuss a possible attack on the capital. [NYT, 5/19]

June 7: Authorities arrested 17 people in Oran in an attempt to enforce stricter controls over imports and corruption in response to the negative impacts of low world oil prices. Algeria worked in conjunction with Interpol to identify and arrest individuals suspected of circumventing trade laws and restrictions on money transfers. …

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