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Algeria pair get 18 years for corruption

A former executive at Algerie Telecom and an Algerian-Luxembourger were sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison and a hefty fine for corruption, the official APS agency reported.

Mohamed Boukhari, a former senior official with Algerie Telecom, and Chami Madjdoub, a businessman who also holds Luxembourg citizenship, were found guilty of money-laundering and mismanagement.

The court said the incriminated transactions were made between 2003 and 2006 to the detriment of the state-owned telecom operator.

It slapped both men with a fine of 50,000 euros ($62,000) and ordered Boukhari’s assets in Luxembourg and bank accounts be seized.

The court also sentenced three Chinese employees of the companies ZTE Algerie and Huawei Algerie to 10 years behind bars in absentia for influence peddling.