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Warrant issued for Algeria ex-minister

AFP-JIJI

International arrest warrants have been issued for former Energy Minister Chekib Khelil and eight others in connection with a corruption case at energy firm Sonatrach, Algeria’s prosecutor general said Monday.

Khelil’s wife, their two children, his right-hand man Farid Bedjaoui and the former head of his office, Redha Hamche, also face arrest, Belkacem Zeghmati said.

He said the warrants were issued two weeks ago.

The suspects are wanted in connection with the award of contracts by flagship state-owned firm Sonatrach in return for commissions.

Khelil is also wanted by Italy in connection with bribes paid to high-ranking Algerian officials, including in Sonatrach, to obtain markets in the North African country for Italian oil service group Saipem.