Confirmation of heavy sentences against 3 brothers businessmen close to Bouteflika

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On Thursday, an appeals court in the Algerian capital upheld prison terms of 12 to 16 years against three businessmen brothers from a family close to former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on charges of corruption, according to the APS.

Reza, Tariq Noah, and Abdelkader Karim Koninav were sentenced to 16, 15 and 12 years in prison, respectively, the same sentences issued in September.

Their sister, Souad Nur Koninav, who is in absentia, was sentenced in absentia to 20 years in prison with an international warrant for her arrest.

The court also ordered the confiscation of their property and money inside and outside the country and fines of 8 million dinars (54,000 euros) for each one of them.

The brothers Rida, Abdelkader Karim and Tariq Noah Koninav were tried on several charges related to “abuse of influence,” “money laundering,” “taking advantage of undue privileges,” “transferring real estate and concessions,” and “failure to fulfill contractual obligations upon completion of public projects,” according to the news agency The algerian.

The director of the “#CoGC” complex, owned by the Koninav family, Qaddour Bin Taher, was also convicted on the same charges and sentenced to 8 years imprisonment.

The other persons involved in the case were employees of the ministries of industry, agriculture, water resources, energy and communications, where the Koninav family obtained deals, they were sentenced to prison terms of between 18 months and 3 years.

The name Koninav was associated with the friendship between the businessman Father Ahmed and President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, when he was Minister of Foreign Affairs in the 1970s.

This relationship between the two families continued, with the friendship between the Koninav brothers, Bouteflika’s brother and his happy, influential advisor.

As soon as the Bouteflika regime fell in April 2019 under the pressure of an unprecedented protest movement, prosecutions began against the businessmen surrounding him and their families who had supported his election campaigns for twenty years.

Before the Koninav family, Ali Haddad and his brothers were sentenced to penalties of up to 18 years with the confiscation of the family’s property.

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