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Bouteflika allies in court appearance

BBC Africa/Maximilian Kasseh, Jr.

The Algerian finance minister and the former police chief have appeared in court as part of investigations launched in the wake of the mass protests that forced the resignation of President 

Mohamed Loukal was previously governor of the central bank and only became finance minister last month.

State television said his court appearance was connected to an inquiry into the suspected misuse of public funds.

The former police chief, Abdelghani Hamel, was reported to have been summoned to court as part of an investigation into influence peddling and abuse of office.


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