Algeria’s Supreme Court has remanded former Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal in custody over graft allegations.
The move is in a continuing crackdown on alleged corruption and cronyism among acquaintances of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Sellal is one of the closest Bouteflika associates to be detained since mass protests broke out in February, demanding the prosecution of people that protesters regarded as corrupt as well as sweeping democratic change.
Reports said Sellal, who left office in a May 2017 cabinet reshuffle after serving as premier and Bouteflika’s campaign manager several times, is under investigation over dissipation of public funds.
The reports added that a former Trade Minister, Amara Benyounes who served under Sellal appeared before the Supreme Court in a corruption case.
Benyounes is also leader of the pro-government party the Algerian Popular Movement.