20
Tuesday
October 2020
2:53 PM IST
News Headlines
ED grills Farooq Abdullah for six hours in JKCA graft case, People''s Alliance says it''s vendetta        NCW seeks explanation from Kamal Nath for his remarks against MP minister        Imran Khan incapable and clueless; betrayed people of Pakistan: Opposition leaders        Nawaz Sharif''s son-in-law arrested in Pakistan        Kerala''s Covid tally touches 3.33 lakh with 5,022 fresh cases        HC restrains Customs from arresting Sivasankar till Oct 23, suspended officer discharged from hospital        Buttler, bowlers guide RR to seven-wicket win over CSK        Punjab beat MI in second Super Over        Saina, Sindhu's biggest Graffiti in India unveiled        Trump leans into fear tactics in bid to win Midwest states        US polls: New Congress could have more Indian Americans to the House Advertisement        Active COVID-19 cases below 8 lakh for 2nd day in row; recovery rate 88.03 pc        Flood situation grim in parts of Telangana, Karnataka        Dalit woman gang-raped at gunpoint in UP        Army pressed into service in 4 flood-hit Karnataka dists; CM to undertake aerial survey        Pakistan pacer Umar Gul announces retirement from all forms of cricket        HDFC Bank Q2 net profit rises 16% to Rs 7,703 cr        Biden warns Trump wants to scrap health law        BJP govt has surrendered in front of criminals: Akhilesh        Rahul Gandhi, Capt Amarinder vow to force centre to revoke black farm laws        
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | About Deepika 
International News
2 Algeria ex-PMs get heavy jail terms in graft trial
 
Algiers: An Algerian court sentenced two former prime ministers to long jail terms on Tuesday in the first of a series of high-profile corruption trials launched after longtime president Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned in the face of mass protests in April. The verdicts come just two days before Algeria is due to elect a president to replace Bouteflika in a vote bitterly opposed by the country''s nine-month-old protest movement, which sees it as a regime ploy to cling to power. Former prime ministers Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal, who were both close to the ousted president, were sentenced to 15 years and 12 years respectively. It was the first time since Algeria''s independence from France in 1962 that former prime ministers have been put on trial.

The state prosecutor had sought 20-year prison sentences for the two ex-premiers. In all, 19 defendants were tried on charges ranging from money laundering to abuse of office and granting undue privileges in the vehicle assembly industry. The nascent Algerian automotive sector got its start in 2014, via partnerships between foreign groups and large Algerian corporations, many of which are owned by businessmen linked to Bouteflika''s entourage. One former industry minister, Abdeslam Bouchouareb, who is on the run abroad, was sentenced in absentia to 20 years. Two other former industry ministers, Mahdjoub Bedda and Youcef Yousfi, were handed 10-year terms. Businessman Ali Haddad, founder and CEO of private construction firm ETRHB and former head of Algeria''s main employers'' organisation, was sentenced to seven years.

Three businessmen who own vehicle assembly plants -- Ahmed Mazouz, Hassen Arbaoui and Mohamed Bairi -- were sentenced to seven years, six years and three years respectively. Defence lawyers boycotted the trial, alleging the proceedings were "politicised" and impacted by a climate of "settling scores". The high-profile prosecutions have done little to win over the protesters, who have continued to take to the streets since Bouteflika''s resignation, demanding the total dismantling of the military-dominated system that has ruled Algeria since independence. Many fear the trials are little more than a high-level purge in a struggle between still-powerful regime insiders, rather than a genuine effort to reform the state.

The military high command, which has long wielded power from behind the scenes, has now been forced to take a visible, front-line role in government -- but has rejected the demands of protesters and civil society for sweeping reforms. It has paid little attention to popular calls to replace the constitution that served to legitimise Bouteflika''s grip on power. Instead, the army has pushed for a swift election to pick a replacement for Bouteflika, saying it is the only route to resolving the political crisis. While no opinion polls have been published, observers expect high levels of abstention, in keeping with previous elections in a political system seen by voters as rigid and unaccountable. The five candidates in the poll have run low-key campaigns. All are considered "children of the system", having either supported Bouteflika or participated in his government -- two as ministers and two as prime ministers. Protesters accuse them of protecting the regime by standing for election.


Imran Khan incapable and clueless; betrayed people of Pakistan: Opposition leaders
Nawaz Sharif''s son-in-law arrested in Pakistan
Trump leans into fear tactics in bid to win Midwest states
US polls: New Congress could have more Indian Americans to the House Advertisement
Biden warns Trump wants to scrap health law
India gives nod to clinical trial of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine
China, Russia and India spewing stuff into air: Trump
Indian students adjust to blended learning at UK universities
France's Macron to reinstate state of emergency
Trump says he feels like 'Superman' after coronavirus treatment
500 volunteers fighting fire on Africa's tallest mountain
WHO on Johnson&Johnson halting COVID vaccine trial: Safety paramount
Somali army says 11 militants killed in southern region
Reported death toll in Armenia-Azerbaijan clashes about 600
Japan vows to boost missile defense after North Korea parade
Greece calls new Turkish survey mission a threat to region
Trump's task: Resetting campaign that GOP fears is slipping
Brazil reaches 150,000 deaths from COVID-19 milestone By Marcelo De Sousa and Tatiana Polastri
Bus-train collision in central Thailand leaves 17 dead
China has deployed 60K soldiers on India's northern border: Pompeo
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
My whole life has been a miracle: Rajinikanth
 Mumbai: From starting out as a bus conductor to becoming one of the biggest stars of the: country,  
'Game of Thrones' star Indira Varma tests positive for coronavirus
Coronavirus: Release of Ranveer Singh-starrer '83' put on hold
'Joker' earns Joaquin Phoenix his maiden Oscar
KERALA NEWS
Kerala''s Covid tally touches 3.33 lakh with 5,022 fresh cases
 Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala on Monday recorded 7,469 recoveries and 5,022 new COVID-19 cases, pushing
Jnanpith awardee Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri dead
Kerala''s COVID-19 count crosses three lakh mark with 8,764 fresh cases
NCP welcomes Mani to LDF but not at cost of Pala seat
NATIONAL NEWS
ED grills Farooq Abdullah for six hours in JKCA graft case, People''s Alliance says it''s vendetta
 Srinagar: The Enforcement Directorate on Monday questioned National Conference president Farooq Abdu
NCW seeks explanation from Kamal Nath for his remarks against MP minister
Active COVID-19 cases below 8 lakh for 2nd day in row; recovery rate 88.03 pc
Flood situation grim in parts of Telangana, Karnataka
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2020 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.